In conjunction with the town of Franklinville, NC, the Piedmont Old Time Society is happy to announce the Piedmont Music Festival on May 5, 2018.
The Piedmont One Mic Acoustic Convention (POMAC) is a small music festival dedicated to… acoustic music. Seriously, we love acoustic music of all kinds. Unlike many festivals we don’t divide acoustic music into “old-time” and “bluegrass”. We’re all long-time attendees to festivals and some of our favorite moments are the late-night jams where we hear acoustic jazz, old-time, bluegrass, Klezmer and Piedmont Blues. The POMAC festival is also dedicated to excellent musicianship. To this end, our festival requires performers, including bands to play into one microphone with no monitors (we may sneak an extra mic on the stage for bass players, but don’t count on it). The POMAC festival is also run by long-time musicians that have competed in festivals. We both love and hate competitions and have created POMAC to accentuate the positive aspects of fiddle competitions. For example, we don’t have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, we honor three exemplary performances per category. This allows us to recognize great performers and performances while still retaining some objectivity. We’ve also worked hard on creating scoring systems that are objective. As musicians, we also know that sometimes constructive feedback is valuable, so we offer constructive feedback for each performer should they care to take it. Many of us are educators and know that youth competitions are important. We’ve taken great care to create a youth competitions that are objective and offer positive feedback.
POMAC happens rain or shine on the banks of the Deep River in Franklinville, NC. The cost is free with a donation bucket being passed around. Directions are easy, type Franklinville, NC into your GPS. When you get to Franklinville, look towards the river and you’ve found us. Camping is free, bring a lawn chair or a blanket. We love dancers so bring your dance shoes as well. Food will be available and grocery stores and convenience stores are within a five-minute drive.
Open Category – Exactly as it sounds, if you play an instrument… this is your category. This includes Guitar, mandolin, bass, jaw-harp, Tuba… seriously we don’t care as long as it is acoustic. How can a Tuba compete against the lap dulcimer? We have no idea, so this category has three exemplary performances as well with a $50 award for each category and cool prizes. In the future we may consider separate competitions for bass and mandolin, but being our first year we were uncertain of participation.
Fiddle – The fiddle competition is a little different than most other festivals. There is only one category; “fiddle”. If you’re a jazz fiddler, a bluegrass fiddler or any other fiddler you’re showcasing against other fiddle players. On the positive note we offer three $50 awards and cool pottery for the three exemplary performances.
Banjo – Same as fiddle, there are not separate categories for different banjos, if you’re a killer tenor banjo player this is the place for you. Three exemplary performances $50 each and cool pottery.
Vocal – We love vocalists. We don’t love fighting for copyright approval. Any song performed in this category MUST be in the public domain and we will check. If we find the song is not in the public domain we will applaud and love you, but you will be disqualified. Please check before performance. The three exemplary performances will each receive $50 and cool pottery.
Songwriting – We long songwriting, bring us your original song we’d love to hear it! Please make sure we aren’t going to run into problems with your performing rights organizations. The three exemplary performances will each receive $50 and cool pottery.
Piedmont / Mill Song – We think the music of the North Carolina Piedmont is under-appreciated thus we have a separate category for music that comes from mill towns like Franklinville, Eden and Gastonia. If you have a song or piece of music that can be connected to the North Carolina Piedmont this is your category. This includes mill songs, fiddle tunes, country songs and Piedmont blues tunes. Prizes? cool pottery and $50, how can you go wrong?
Youth Category – All youth participants receive cool stuff and feedback. We also honor three exemplary performances. To be clear, these may not be the three best performances but they are performances reflective of growth in the students. For example, an exemplary performance may be a student that has only been playing for a few months but has shown great progress.
Bands – The band competition, like the other competitions offers three exemplary performances. Each band will perform two songs for the band competition. The three exemplary bands will each receive $250, cool pottery and a performance slot of 30/40 minutes on Saturday night.
Registration – Registration for the competitions is on site. Please register at the judging desk at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled performance time. If you want to be guaranteed a slot please register as early as possible.
Camping during first year is free – This is a first for so please be patient.
Electric services generators are allowed on the far side of the park near the old mill. Please… don’t have them running all night, have you tried to sleep in a tent with a bunch of generators running?
Campfires are allowed, please check for availability of a fire pit. If you somehow end up with a fire without a fire pit, please do everything in your power to make the site pristine when you leave.
All camps allow jamming… did you expect quiet at a music festival?
All dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after. If your dog is Cujo please refrain from bringing them.
No drugs allowed, all alcohol must be contained in unmarked containers or purchased on site (We’ve been to festivals, ya’ll know how to act).
Camp sites will open Friday morning, first come first serve.