TOURING TROUP - The possum holler fiddlers
The Possum Holler Fiddlers are the showcase of the program. The Possums average a performance each month at churches, fairs, festivals and other venues throughout the Ozarks. The Possums have played in four different states, in addition to the Fringe Festival in Scotland, and at the White House.
From their very first performance in 2008 the Possums have been exceedingly popular. Troupe members are selected from the very best fiddlers at camp, then return for a second three day camp.
They have succeeded because of the interest and support of parents, old-time master musicians, the board of directors of Ozark Mountain Music, and contributions from the Ozark Heritage Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, and other supporting individuals.
The Possum Holler Fiddlers performed for the first time at Silver Dollar City in the fall of 2008. Members of the troupe were selected from music students at the very first camp, held earlier that year. Tradition of selecting members from campers upon the recommendation of camp instructors has continued to this day.
The Possum Holler Fiddlers were named after the dry creek and valley that heads on the property where the Dixie Stampede sits today on the Branson Strip flows down. Branson Old-timers know the creek and valley that flows across Country Music Boulevard and the Ramada Inn (now covered with asphalt) as Possum Holler. The catchy logo for the Possums was created by John Logan of Branson.
Since their beginning the Possums have averaged over a dozen performances at both large and small venues including Senior Citizen Centers, the Veterans Home in M. Vernon, churches, pre-shows in Branson, several television spots, and in four different states, twice at the White House and at the Fringe festival in Edinburgh.
Anyone wanting to book the Possums for a performance should contact Karlene McGill at 417-230-5530.