The 2024 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Concert Series kicks off with a special holiday concert on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm with a performance by Andy Leftwich & Friends. The concert will be held at Athens State University in McCandless Hall.
Andy, his wife Rachel, and a few of their talented friends, will be celebrating the Christmas season and have put together a fun show featuring bluegrass, acoustic, and gospel music that highlight what the season is all about. Backed by award-winning musicians, the songs and arrangements in the show have been inspired by the many different artists and groups Andy has toured and recorded with over the years including Ricky Skaggs, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Steven Curtis Chapman, Point of Grace, and many others.
Andy, a four-time Grammy winning instrumentalist, brings with him a collaboration of American Fiddle music featuring bluegrass, country, swing, jazz, Irish, and a mixture of classical influences creating instrumental music that will both exhilarate and inspire the soul. He began playing the fiddle at the age of six and won his first fiddle contest at seven years old. Andy also went on to win the National Championship for Beginners at the age of twelve and the “Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship,” one of the most prestigious fiddle contests in the country, at the age of fifteen.
By the time he was a teenager, Andy had made appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, “Music City Tonight” with Crook and Chase, and was well accomplished as a winning contest fiddler among the Southeastern region. After adding mandolin and guitar to his arsenal, Andy began playing professionally at the age of fifteen. He joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in 2001 and played with them for nearly sixteen years. During that time, he completed a solo album (“Ride,” Skaggs Family Records), recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a member of trio Three Ring Circle (with dobro player Rob Ickes and bassist Dave Pomeroy), and built an impressive list of studio credits as one of Nashville’s top session players. Andy is now pursuing other musical and ministerial avenues with his latest of “Instrumental Hymns.”
Tickets for the show are $15.00 for adults/$5.00 for children and can be purchased by visiting www.TVOTFC.org.
Special thanks to Redstone Federal Credit Union, our Platinum Sponsor. This event is brought to you by the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Steering Committee, the Livingston Concert/Lecture Series, and Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, with funding made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.