People travel from near and far for Fiddlers’ Gathering

Fiddle is king at this festival

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) – In the small borough of Battle Ground just minutes from Lafayette, some of the greatest musicians you’ve never heard gather.

Some of them play guitar and some play banjo, but the centerpiece of this family is the fiddle.

Among the oaks and maples sits a stage. Three hundred and sixty two days out of the year this field is a museum nestled on the edge of a sleepy Indiana town, but for three days in June it’s is the site for the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering.

A music festival where masters of classic American stringed instruments play some of the countries greatest folk music. Fans of this genre come from miles around and brave the bugs and heat to have a chance to bask in the greats from across the country and some from abroad.

Many are local folks that love the festival, but some people come from far away just to get a taste of their favorite artist.

“I’m from Shelburne, Vermont, which is a suburb you might say — if we have any suburbs in Vermont — of Burlington, the largest city right on lake Champlain. Oh maybe, a half hours drive from the Canadian border” said Metz.

Mr. Metz traveled over 1,000 miles just to see his favorite group perform. In a day and age when you can just put a CD in a player or listen to an mp3, Metz says there is nothing like hearing them live especially in such a friendly atmosphere.

“Why would you ride 1,000 miles primarily to see Dave and Cathy? And that’s because the whole atmosphere the personal connection is there in no other way” added Metz. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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