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The 25th Annual Bob Walsh Memorial Fiddler's Convention - Near Branson, MO

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Compton Rige Campground is proud to host for the 25th Year The Bob Walsh Memorial Fiddler's Convention.
Spring Date May 13-16,2010
This event is awesome for fiddlers and spectators alike and it's during the very popular Bluegrass and BBQ at neighboring Silver Dollar City theme park! There will be fiddle instructional workshops on the main stage and many jam sessions throughout the park. Splinter Middleton and his band will provide the best in classic country and western swing music too for their Friday night dance, it's a guaranteed great time!!

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Playing Since: 1970
Experience Level: Purty Good

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Occupation: musician

Gender: Male
Age: 57

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I have many different fiddles, some are great instruments and some are beaters set up electric for stage shows. I also play mandolin, guitars, pedal steel, and a bit of dobro.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, Merle Haggerd, Ray Price, Bob Wills, Tommy Jackson, Don Rich, Kenny Baker, Vasser Clements, Buddy Spicher, I love classic country, bluegrass, old time fiddlin', swing, etc. I like it all!!!

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Bruce Hoffman was born in 1964 and raised on a farm in rural Howard Lake in central Minnesota. He was brought up in a musical environment. His father Edward was an accomplished fiddler as well as a multitude of other instruments. His mother Laura-Mae also played music and sang. Bruce began playing the fiddle at the early age of 4 years and soon picked up other instruments along the way. He would make occasional stage appearances with his parents by the time he was 6 years old. He started competing in fiddlers contests at 8 years of age and by the time he was 14 he started playing in bands. During those years he made several appearances with Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion. After completing high school, he joined the Minnesota based group “High Noon” and traveled all over the U.S. and Canada. The band had many accomplishments to its name including 2 appearances on “Ed McMahan’s Star Search”, and spawning musicians to go on and work for such artists as Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride, and Lonestar. After marrying in 1990 to his Canadian wife Donna-Fay, and starting a family, Bruce decided to quit working the road and in 1993 he moved his family to Branson, MO where he now resides. He has worked with many different artists since moving there. Here’s a partial list: Barbara Fairchild, Buck Trent, Comedy Jamboree, Helen Cornelius, Johnny Lee, Leona Williams, Margo Smith, Mary Lou Turner, Moe Bandy, Pam Tillis, Paul Harris, Pierce Arrow, Rodney and Beverly Dillard, Splinter Middleton’s “Down Home Country”, Texas Gold Miners.

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