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Ray Houde

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News Release Date: August 1, 2018

Contact: John Reddick

***Banjo and Fiddle Contest Winners***

Another great Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Contest is in the record books. Wow! What a great slate of contestants – especially in the youth division. It really points to a bright future for carrying on this musical tradition and the contest. There were also many new faces among the contestants – new players and players who recently moved here. Here are the winners and honorees:
Youth (under 14):
1. Lillian Arnold Mages
2. Megan Mendenhall
3. Josephine Arnold Mages
Honorable Mention:
Oghenebrume Sekegor
Micah A. John
Josephine and Lillian Arnold Mages (for twin fiddle)
Old Time Banjo:
1. Andrew Walker
2. Michael Worden
3. Chris Chronopoulos
Honorable Mention – John Perten
Old Time Fiddle:
1. Alan Kaufman
2. Cathy Mason
3. David Kassel
Honorable Mention – Parker Shiverick, Aram Hollman
Bluegrass Banjo:
1. Paul Sedgwick
2. Jim Moffatt
3. Wayne Mederios
Bluegrass Fiddle:
Honorable Mention: Herman Hampton
Banjo - Other Styles:
1. Sean Singer
Ethnic Fiddle:
1. Leland Martin
2. Joe Basconi
3. Pre’Yelle Grinkley
Honorable Mention: Linda Hudson
Twin Fiddle
1. Brendan Carson and Hannah Gavin
2. Parker Shiverick and Joe Basconi
3. Aram Hollman and Carol Kycia
Banjo and Fiddle Duet:
1. Audrey Mendenhall and Megan Mendenhall
2. Don Borchelt and John Maguire
3. David Pugh and Paula Wheeler
Special Honors Ribbons:
Alex Demas – Special Lifetime / Creator Award
John Reddick – Special Savior & Tireless Worker Award

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 38th event on September 8, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 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.

The fun starts at 10 a.m.! We'll have music workshops and jam sessions from 10 a.m.-noon and then a whole afternoon full of music and community. Parents arriving early should consider taking a free trolley ride at 10 a.m. from the visitor center, visiting the family corner at the visitor center, and the Boott Cotton Mills Museum where kids can pick up a Jr. Ranger activity book. Then from 1-3 p.m. at the contest site, there will be a kids’ craft activity with park rangers.

10 a.m.-11 a.m. - Free Banjo & Fiddle Workshops
11 a.m.-12 a.m. - Organized Jam Sessions
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Registration
12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - Banjo & Fiddle Contest

2:30 p.m. - Special musical performance by Sarangi Master Shyam Nepal
1 p.m.- 3 p.m. - Kids' Activities
5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. - Judges Tally Final Scores & Prizes Awarded

Rain Location: Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 Fr. Morrissette Blvd., across the street from Boarding House Park. Visit us at www.nps.gov/lowe/. Free parking is available at the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton Street (about a 10 minute walk to Boardinghouse Park). Paid parking is available in the city garage at the corner of French and John Streets, directly across the street from Boardinghouse Park.

To learn more about this and other park offerings, including the Junior Ranger program, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, or contact Lowell National Historical Park at (978) 970-5000, or visit www.nps.gov/lowe .



Last updated: October 12, 2018

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