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Banjo and Fiddle Contest Application


Please print and complete this form and send to: Lowell National Historical Park, C/O Alex Demas, 400 Foot of John Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Questions? Contact Alex via email or call Alex (M-F) at 978-970-5028

Name, Address and Phone Number, e-mail:

Tune Title (can be changed):

Competition Instrument/Style Category (circle):

Oldtime Banjo

Oldtime Fiddle

Bluegrass Banjo

Bluegrass Fiddle

Ethnic Fiddle

Twin Fiddle

Banjo & Fiddle (Any Style)

Banjo - Other Styles (Tenor, Plectrum, Classical, Banjo-Mandolin, etc.)

General Rules

1. No contact microphones or electrified instruments

2. Vocals not required or counted in judging

3. No medleys

4. Acoustic accompaniment allowed *Except Twin FIddle and Banjo & Fiddle*

5. Competition instruments must clearly lead

6. Contestants wishing to enter more than one category may enter one single and one double category only

7. Time limit - Approx. 3 minutes

8. Competition tune will be judged on the following: Rhythn and Timing, Clarity and Tone, Originality (arrangement, variations), Tune Difficulty, and Overall Proficiency

9. We will provide accompaniment if desired (Peter Barnes, paino, guitar)

10. Cash Prizes, each category: 1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25, Honorable Mention - $10

11. Cash, trophies and rosettes will be awarded in all categories

12. Decisions of the judges are final

13. Everyone involved will be required to have a wonderful time and lots of fun!

All events are FREE! Contestants receive Free event T-Shirts

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m.; Pre-registrated Check-in deadline is 1:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

Mile of Mills, Lowell National Historical Park

The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.