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31st Banjo & Fiddle Contest, September 11, 2010

Results from the 31st Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests.

There were 80 entries; furthest from Mountain View, AK.

Bluegrass Banjo:
1. Gabe Hershfeld
2. Grace Van 'Hof
3. Michelle Canning

Bluegrass Fiddle:
1. John Mailander
2. Sharon Grimshaw
3. David Kassel
Honorable Mention, Susie Grimshaw

Banjo-Other Styles:
1. Kyle Tuttle
2. Bob Phillips
3. Roger Michel

Ethnic Fiddle:
1. Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
2. Sarah Hubbard
3. Joseph Darensbourg
Honorable Mention, Muireann Woulfe
Honorable Mention, Miles Kissinger
Honorable Mention, Natalya Trudeau

Twin Fiddle:
1. Sharon Grimshaw & Susie Grimshaw
2. Ryan Thompson & Brennish Thompson

Old time Fiddle:
1. Jack Ausick
2. Lucy Cochran
3. Dan Fram
Honorable Mention, Craig Edwards
Honorable Mention, Anya Buchovekey
Honorable Mention, Patrick Bole
Honorable Mention, Logan Mitchell

Banjo & Fiddle:
1. Lucy Cochran & Lucas Poole
2. Bennett Hammond & Dan Fram
3. Tim Rowell & Cathy Mason
Honorable Mention, Selene Victor & Paul Boyd

Old Time Banjo:
1. Lucas Poole
2. Jon Gersh
3. Tim Rowell
Honorable Mention, Ben Walters

 

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News Release Date: August 31, 2010
Contact: Alex Demas, 978-970-5028
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

 The sounds of bluegrass, dixieland, old time mountain picking, and the strains of ethnic dance tunes from all over the world will flow from Boarding House Park in Lowell, Massachusetts, on Saturday, September 11, 2010, during the annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests. The public is invited to a full day of music, food and family fun. The event is free and donations will are welcomed. Free workshops on mountain dulcimer, old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, twin and bluegrass fiddle, and bluegrass banjo begin at 10:00 a.m. The contests begin at noon and continue throughout the afternoon. Pre-registration for contestants is suggested. A printable “Contestant Registration Form” is available here.

 
Banjo and fiddle players of all ages, experts and beginners alike, compete for cash prizes and trophies in this annual competition. Participants have ranged in age from 4 to 75, many traveling from as far away as North Carolina and Quebec. Musicians interested in participating should pre-register by contacting the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell, (978) 970-5000 or visiting www.nps.gov/lowe/banjofiddle. Entry questions can be directed to Alex Demas at alex_demas@nps.gov. Contest entry and public admission are free to all.

 For more information, please call (978) 970-5000/5002 (TDD). Boarding House Park is located at 40 French Street, Lowell. The rain location is Lowell High School Auditorium across from the Boarding House Park. Both locations are wheelchair accessible. The Banjo & Fiddle Contests are sponsored by Lowell Festival Foundation and Lowell National Historical Park.

Application is here.

Did You Know?

Francis Gate/Guard Locks, Lowell, MA

There are 5.6 miles of canals at Lowell National Historical Park. The canals channeled the Merrimack River's 32 foot drop to Lowell's mills providing power for the mill machinery.