36th Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contest

Lowell, MA
Saturday, September 10, 2016
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Free Admission. Donations Welcome

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 36th event on September 10, 2016, from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.

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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.

Jon Gersh of WUMB Folk Radio will be the Emcee for the contest and other exciting events of the day.

Click here for Contestant Registration Form Packet,

The fun starts at 10am! We'll have jam sessions, music workshops and kids activities from 10AM-noon and then a whole afternoon full of music contests and community.

10AM-12PM Kids Activities
10AM-11AM Free Workshops
11AM-12PM Organized Jam Sessions
11AM-1PM Registration
12PM-5:30PM Banjo & Fiddle Contest
5:30PM-6PM Judges Tally Final Scores & Prizes Awarded

Seven exciting music and dance workshops are planned from 10AM-11AM:
Old Time Fiddle Bowing (Alan Kaufman)
Old Time Banjo (Jim Bollman)
Bluegrass Fiddle (Art Schatz)
Bluegrass Banjo (Rich Stillman)
Twin Banjo (Don Borchelt & Ed Britt)
French Canadian Fiddle (Adrienne Howard)
Clogging (Michael Resnick with Mike Roguska & Dave Fox)

Following the workshops, two jam sessions will be led from 11AM-12PM:
Bluegrass Jam with Art Schatz & Rich Stillman
Old Time Jam with Mike Roguska

Throughout the day, while the contest progresses, informal jam sessions often happen in areas adjacent to the park.

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded in 9 contest categories:
Old Time Fiddle
Old Time Banjo
Bluegrass Fiddle
Bluegrass Banjo
Ethnic Fiddle
Banjo (Other Styles)
Twin Fiddle
Banjo & Fiddle Duet
Youth (14 and under)

Judges will evaluate contestants based on the following criteria: musicality, technical competence (appropriate for the style), tune difficulty, suitability for category and start and stop strength.

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.

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

For more info, contact: info@lowellbanjoandfiddle.org


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