AFA Celebrates Famed Old-Time Fiddler Charlie Stripling on November 13

Famed Alabama Duo: Charlie (fiddle)  and Ira (Guitar) Stripling
Charlie Stripling Tribute
Fiddlefest and Fish Fry
November 13, 2010 in Belk, Alabama
Belk Community Center, 7941 Highway 96
  Hosted by the Citizens of Belk
Noon: Doors Open for Jamming
2:00 p.m. - Charlie Stripling Tribute Program
6:00 p.m. - Fish Fry 
Charlie Stripling, a master fiddler, was important to social life in West Alabama from the 1920s through the early 1960s.  Still remembered by older residents of Pickens, Lamar, Tuscaloosa and Fayette counties for his fiddling at dances and championship playing at area fiddlers’ conventions, he is also admired by younger generations of old-time musicians throughout the nation who have heard his fiddling on 78 rpm recordings made in the 1920s and ‘30s.  On Saturday afternoon, November 13, community leaders in Belk, Alabama, will host a tribute to Charlie Stripling that will feature a film about Stripling and his musical family, performances by some of the musicians they influenced, and reminiscences by family members.  Belk mayor Ronald Waldrop said, “Belk is the perfect place to host a tribute for a master artist who grew up and lived about 6 miles down the road.” 
The doors to the Belk Community Center will open at noon that day for folks who want to bring their instruments and jam.  At 2:00 p.m., the program will begin with a new film, “Winging My Way Back Home,” directed by Jeri Vaughn of Seattle, Wash.  It looks at the Stripling legacy through the eyes the late Lee Edwin Stripling who played in his father’s band from the time he was eight years old until he left home as a soldier in World War II.  Vaughn, Alabama fiddle scholar Joyce Cauthen, and Stripling family members will give short talks followed by performances of Stripling tunes by three groups of musicians influenced by his music:  Red Mountain from Birmingham; W.B. Reid and Bonnie Zahnow from Seattle; and Jim Brock and Friends from Carrollton, Ala. The celebration, sponsored by the Alabama Folklife Association with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Alabama State Council on the Arts, is free and open to the public.     
At 6:00 p.m., Belk community organizers will serve fried catfish or chicken fingers in at $9.00 a plate.  Trimmings will include homemade cole slaw, french fries, hush puppies and homemade cake.  The supper is a fundraiser for the Belk Community Center whose members invite visitors to camp on the grounds of the center where RV hookups are available.
Sponsored by the Alabama Folklife Association
Made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts
and the Alabama State Council on the Arts
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