Hoedown on the Harpeth 2018 Seeks Fiddle Contestants

Hoedown on the Harpeth 2018 Seeks Fiddle Contestants

Fiddlers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2nd annual "Tennessee Style" fiddle contest at Hoedown On The Harpeth. Beginner and intermediate fiddlers will compete with fellow-aged fiddlers for cash prizes and ribbons in the following groups: Tadpole 0-10, Junior 10-14, Middle 14-18. The Open Championship will also have a cash prize and is a fine chance for fiddlers to showcase their contribution to Tennessee Fiddling - it is open to any age and whoever thinks they've got it!

The Fiddle contest will take place at 1pm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in the Hayshed Barn. Registration will take place BOTH FRIDAY 10/12 AND SATURDAY 10/13 in the merchandise tent. Registration closes at12:30 on Saturday before the contest. Arrive early to save seats for family and friends. The purpose of the contest is to promote and perpetuate the rich tradition of fiddling in the Middle Tennessee area among children, adults and everyone in between.

Fiddle Contest Chair, Jenny Obert, (pictured) says "With the contest, we celebrate the grand tradition of fiddling in Middle Tennessee and also want to promote jamming, preservation of fine old fiddle tunes, education and just have fun in general."

Obert is an award-winning fiddler more than 15 years' experience as touring and recording professional on stages, festivals and studios worldwide, from the Grand Old Opry to Europe. She has performed and recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Bill Emerson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dale Watson, Hazel Dickens, Roland White, Charlie Cushman, Shad Cobb, and The Long Players, among many others. Known for her sweet tone and innovative touch, she has worked in a diverse array of musical genres, including bluegrass, folk, old time, country and rock, and has a teaching studio in East Nashville. She helped found and has chaired the Hoedown on the Harpeth Fiddle contest, now it its second year.

The judging committee is looking for good fiddlers, not a specific style. The goal is to promote and showcase fiddlers, foster interest in fiddling, and provide a positive atmosphere for all. Contestants will be judged on Timing, Tone, Execution, Expression/Feel, Overall Impression. There is no contest registration fee. Registration is onsite. Contestants may enter in only one category.
Contestants will perform two tunes of choice at three minutes each. Full information is on the festival website.

The 3rd annual Hoedown on the Harpeth music festival which is held in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. Headline acts for the fest include Peter Rowan, The Travelin' McCourys, Robbie Fulks and more. Festival Tickets are available online and at the gate. Gates open 12 noon on Friday 12, October. Discounts $5 for military/musicians with acoustic stringed instrument/EMT/firemen at the gate only.

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