34th Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests

Lowell, MA
Saturday, September 7, 2013
12:00 noon to 6:00 PM

  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm - Jam Sessions
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm - Registration
  • 12:00-5:30 pm - Banjo and Fiddle Contest
  • 5:30-5:45 pm - Judges tally final scores
    Performance by the Roots Music Review, Berklee College of Music
  • 5:45-6:00 pm - Prizes awarded

Reels & jigs, breakdowns, hornpipes and waltzes will fill the air!

At Lowell National Historical Park, we honor the stories of the past in a modern setting. The Banjo & Fiddle Contest is one way we pay tribute to our nation's musical heritage. Created in 1980 by recently retired park ranger Alex Demas, the Banjo & Fiddle Contest celebrates its 34th year on September 7, 2013. The event is free for contestants and traditional music fans who wish to come and listen.

Judges will evaluate contestants on the following criteria: stylistic authenticity, intonation, musicality, rhythm/danceability, and tone. Cash prizes will be awarded for eight categories: Southern Appalachian Old Time Fiddle, Southern Appalachian Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Banjo & Fiddle (any style) Northern Fiddle, Twin Fiddle, and Youth (12 and under).

Among the things which set Lowell's event apart are:

  • Free entry for contestants and public
  • 8 different banjo and fiddle categories
  • Judging done by expert players
  • Rules are clearly stated
  • Accompanist provided if desired

In its 34th year, the reputation of this great event is still growing, including a half a dozen spin-off events across the country.

Rain Location: Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 Fr. Morrissette Blvd., across the street from Boarding House Park.

Website: www.nps.gov/lowe

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