(05/27/2011)
A well-known Gilmer County fiddler is being given the state's top folk award at this year's Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.

The state Division of Culture and History has announced Buddy Griffin will receive the Vandalia Award at the 35th Vandalia Gathering today.

The ceremony will be held at the Culture Center on the state Capitol grounds.

Griffin and his Glenville State Bluegrass Band are scheduled to play.

Griffin learned music from his parents growing up in Nicholas County. He started as a professional banjo player, then added fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass.

His resume includes state banjo and fiddle championship while serving as the staff player of both instruments for Jamboree USA in Wheeling. He's played and recorded with Bill Monroe, Mother Maybelle Carter and other greats.

See Gilmer County Fiddler To Be Honored-wvgazette.com

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