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Fiddlers Daniel and Amy Carwile will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Athens State University.

Fiddlers to play at Athens State

Daniel Carwile will bring his guitar and mandolin, several fiddles, five-string viola, tenor and standard guitar, piano and bouzouki to Athens on Saturday for a concert with his wife.

“I could bring more and play more, but I think I’ll stick with that,” said the Athens native.

The concert in McCandless Hall at Athens State University will begin at 7 p.m. and is part of the Livingston Concert Lecture Series.

Daniel Carwile, who began playing the fiddle at 7 and became the youngest Fiddle King ever at age 14, went on to win the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Athens six more times.

Now retired from competing, he concentrates on teaching and accompanying his students at contests.

He and his wife, Amy, teach about 75 students a week at their Carwile String Studio in Lexington, Ky., as well as leading workshops and summer camp instruction.

They recently returned from a tour of the Northwest, where they performed in Seattle and in Idaho. They also judge contests and perform on stage and at booked events.

“They are two of the most accomplished musicians I have run across in a long time,” said Don Rigsby, head of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.

Tickets are $15. Call 233-8126.

Patrice Stewart

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