35th Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests September 6th, 2014 AT Boarding House Park

Two men, one with his back to us, the other sits to his left, facing him, play musical instruments, while a crowd in the background watches.
Banjo and Fiddle contestants

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News Release Date: September 2, 2014

Contact: Marieke Slovin, 978-970-5000

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

LOWELL, MA- Bust out your banjos, flex your fiddles, and come hang out at Boarding House Park for a day of traditional music and family fun. The Banjo & Fiddle Contest celebrates its 35th year on September 6, 2014, from noon to 6:00PM. The event is free for contestants, as well as all traditional music fans who’d like to come and listen. Never been to a banjo and fiddle contest before? Bring your lawn chairs and settle in to watch the friendly competition and get in touch with our country’s musical roots.

At Lowell National Historical Park, we honor the connections between past and present. At the Banjo & Fiddle Contest, we invite you to come celebrate musical heritage. The repertoire of tunes played during the Contest is what Folklorists refer to as traditional music—music practiced by groups of people who share a common ethnic heritage, geographic region, or way of life. Tunes are shared within families and communities and are passed on over generations.

In keeping with the broader tradition of banjo and fiddle contests, cash prizes will be awarded for 9 categories: Southern Appalachian Old Time Fiddle, Southern Appalachian Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Banjo & Fiddle (any style), Fiddle (other styles), Banjo (other styles), Twin Fiddle, Youth (12 and under). Judges Maggie Holtzberg and Alan Kaufman will evaluate contestants on the following criteria: stylistic authenticity, intonation, musicality, rhythm/danceability, and tone.

Come for the fiddles, stay for the fun! We’ll have kids’ activities 10AM-noon, and then a whole afternoon full of music and community.

Rain Location: Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 Fr. Morrissette Blvd., across the street from Boarding House Park. On-line registration is available at www.nps.gov/lowe.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.


Last updated: February 26, 2015

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