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Event Details

  • 09/06/2014

    Banjo bears for the 35th Banjo and Fiddle Contests
    Location: Boarding House Park, French Street, Lowell MA Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Marieke Slovin, Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 978-275-1784
Thanks to everyone who participated! Head over to our Facebook page to the photo gallery of all the participants. Below you'll find the complete list of winners:

Southern Appalachian Old Time Fiddle: 6 Contestants 

1st 
Cathy Mason 
Contestant #54 
Melrose, MA 
Meg Gray

2nd 
Bach Bui
Contestant #52
Cambridge, MA
Poplar Bluff

3rd
Dan Bui
Contestant #49
Cambridge, MA
Jenny on the Railroad


Southern Appalachian Old Time Banjo: 6 Contestants

1st
Donald Borchelt
Contestant #29
Stoneham, MA
Wounded Hoosier

2nd
John Reddick
Contestant #25
Lexington, MA
Black Annie

3rd
John Perten
Contestant #19
Wayland, MA
Sally in the Garden


Bluegrass Banjo: 3 Contestants

1st
Michael Beaky
Contest #21
Wyomissing, PA
John Hardy

2nd
CJ Zurolo
Contestant #12
Wallingford, CT
Bye Bye Blues

Bluegrass Fiddle: 2 Contestants

1st
David Kassel
Contestant #17
Harvard, MA
Reuben’s Train

Banjo & Fiddle: 4 Contestants

1st
Paula Wheeler and David Pugh
Contestant #53
Mystic, CT
Buster’s Song (song with no name Paula learned from a recording from her friend Buster, who had gotten it from another friend)

2nd
John Reddick and Don Borchelt
Contestant #39
John (Lexington, MA) and Don (Stoneham, MA)
Sally Comin’ through the Rye

3rd 
Woody Pringle and Marylou Ferrante
Contestant #50
Woody (Bradford, NH) and Marylou (Millbury, MA)
Arkansas Traveler

Banjo (other): 3 Contestants

1st
Rachel Manke
Contest #33
Malden, MA
12th Street Rag

2nd
Bob Phillipps
Contestant #27
Maynard, MA
The Dell Schottische

3rd 
Linda Werbner
Contestant #28
Marblehead, MA
Texas Gals

Fiddle (other): 13 Contestants

1st
Natalya Trudeau
Contestant #45
Lowell, MA
Star of Munster

2nd
Sushil Gautam
Contestant #26
Lowell, MA (Originally from Nepal)
Silu and Selo (Ancient tune of Nepal meaning ancient and from the Himlayan mountains)

3rd
Carol Kycia
Contestant #51
Arlington, MA
Greek Syrtos from Island of Andros

Twin Fiddle: 4 Contestants

1st
Dan and Bach Bui
Contestant #48
Cambridge, MA
Pogo Big

2nd
Sarah Jane Nelson and Cathy Mason
Contestant #47
Londonderry, NH
Jim Shank

3rd
Carol Kycia and Aram Hollman
Contestant #34
Arlington, MA
Sweet Baby James Waltz (original tune by Aram)

Youth: 10 Contestants

1st
Patrick Bole (Fiddle-other)
Contestant #13
Andover, MA
Shipping up to Boston

2nd 
Cordelia Rosmiarek (Fiddle-other)
Contestant #44
Beverly, MA
Millionaire’s Hoedown

3rd
Sadie Cacho (Fiddle-other)
Contestant #22
Amesbury, MA
Oh Susanna