Jesse Wells to Play Blackwood Convention

by | 13 Dec, 2010

The Blackwood Fiddler’s Convention has just put up a new website providing some exciting details of next year’s convention.

The 2011 event will feature well renowned young Kentucky fiddle, banjo and mandolin player, Jesse Wells. Jesse comes from generations of fiddle and banjo players. His father, Jamie Wells, is widely respected fiddler, and his uncles are all well known old-timey musicians. Jesse began performing at fiddlers’ conventions and with his father’s band from the age of eight.

He has regularly taught fiddle at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, and banjo at the Swannanoa gathering. Jesse fiddles with the Clack Mountain String Band, and the ‘early bluegrass’ band, Kentucky Wild Horse.

Jesse works as a Professor at Morehead State University’s Kentucky Centre for Traditional Music. He will be running master classes prior to the festival at the Special School hostel on the main road of Blackwood, at $20 per session. Very reasonably priced shared room accommodation is available there for the Thursday night, or the whole weekend.


Thursday 17 February 

  • 10.30 to 12.30 – Mandolin
  • 2.30 to 4.30 – Old-timey banjo
Friday 18 February 

  • 10.30 to 12.30 – Bluegrass fiddle
  • 2.30 to 4.30 – Old-timey fiddle