28th ANNUAL BANJO AND FIDDLE CONTESTS
2007 Banjo and Fiddle Contest Winners
1st- Etienne Cremieux
2nd- Luke Price
3rd- Julie Metcalf
Hon. Mention- Kristen Weber
1st- Gabe Hirshfeld
2nd- Paul Sedgwick
3rd- Jake Comeau
Hon. Mention- Michelle Canning
1st- Bennett Hammond
2nd- Monty Stambler
3rd- Robert Sikkema
Oldtime Fiddle1st- Amberly Rosen
2nd- Alan Kaufman
3rd- Tom Sample
1st- Daniel Spurr
2nd- Tim Rowell
3rd- Tom Collins
Hon. Mention- Jon Gersh
Hon. Mention- Phil McArthur
1st- Andy Reiner
2nd- Mariel Vandersteel
3rd- Jenny Martin
Hon. Mention- Eliana Ishii
Banjo and Fiddle
1st- Luke Price/David Hollender
2nd- Andy Reiner/Stash Hyslouch
3rd- Jon Gersh/Kathy Fletcher
Hon. Mention- Tom Sample/Phil MacArthur
Hon. Mention- John Macguire/Tim Rowell
Hon. Mention- Tom Collins/Jon Anderson
1st- Josefin Bergland/Bronwyn Bird
2nd- Amberly Rosen/Muriel Vandersteel
3rd- Alan Kaufman/Suz Slezak
Contact: Alex Demas, 978-978-5000
(Lowell, MA) 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 8, 2007, during the Banjo and Fiddle Contests. The public is invited to a full day of music, food and family fun. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Workshops on Mountain Dulcimer, Oldtime Fiddle, Oldtime 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 at 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. Contest entry is free.
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 National Historical Park, Lowell Festival Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Did You Know?
Protests came to Lowell in the mid-1830s. Mill management...twice reduced the take-home pay of women workers. Faced with growing inventories and falling prices, owners believed the only way to sustain profits was to cut labor costs. The mill workers were not willing to accept this logic.