Contestants

Contestant Information

Youth Merit Award

  • Maddocks-and-instruments-1Any youth 16 years old and younger ï Must be a competitor in the Youth Guitar or Youth Banjo category
  • Award criteria includes: technical proficiency on the instrument, dedication to practicing, reliability for attending classes and events, demonstrates outstanding promise as a musician and demonstrates of a love for traditional music
  • Special consideration is given to youth who have participated in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program
  • Consideration is given to youth who reside in Ashe County
  • Judging will be separate from competition rankings.  Determination of the winner shall be made in consultation with Fiddler Convention Judges and JAM Instructors.  The Youth Merit Award for 2016 will be either a guitar or banjo.

Guitar: Handcrafted, three quarter sized, parlor youth Guitar with full sized Neck. Made of Quilted Cherry wood on the back and sides, and a Sitka Spruce front.

Banjo: Handcrafted, Old Time Banjo with open back, 5-string. Made with a Maple Neck and Mountain Laurel Fret Board. The head is a landscape scene reverse painted by Jane Maddocks.

Adult Competition Categories & Prizes

 Category 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Bluegrass Band

$400

$300

$200

$100

$75

$50

Old Time Band

$400

$300

$200

$100

$75

$50

Bluegrass Fiddle

$100

$75

$50

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Old Time Fiddle

$100

$75

$50

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Guitar

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Dobro

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Mandolin

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Bluegrass Banjo

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Old Time Banjo

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Bass Fiddle

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Autoharp

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Dulcimer

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Folk Song

$75

$60

$40

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

Dance

$75

Rosette

Rosette

N/A

N/A

N/A

Youth Competition Categories & Prizes

 Category

1st

2nd

3rd

Band

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Bluegrass Fiddle

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Old Time Fiddle

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Guitar

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Dobro

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Mandolin

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Bluegrass Banjo

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Old Time Banjo

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Bass Fiddle

Rosette

Rosette

Rosette

Competition Rules

  1. Registration is to be completed back stage the day of the Convention. No pre-registration required. Competition slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. An Old time band shall consist of not less than three basic string instruments. One instrument shall be a fiddle and the second instrument shall be a claw hammer (old time style) banjo. Not more than seven musicians shall perform with an Old Time band.
  3. A Bluegrass band shall consist of not less than three basic string instruments. One instrument shall be a Bluegrass-style banjo. The second instrument shall be either a mandolin or fiddle. Not more than seven musicians shall perform with a Bluegrass band.
  4. Contestants may compete with one band.
  5. Contestants may also compete individually. Individual and band judging is separate and distinct. Contestants performing with a band shall not be judged individually while performing with the band.
  6. Only authentic folk songs will be judged in the folk song competition. Singer may be accompanied by one other musician performing on a string instrument. Singer may play an instrument if they so choose. Just before stage introductions, performer shall inform the emcee of the song selection to be announced in the introduction.
  7. Only authentic bluegrass and old time songs will be permitted during the competition. Bands will be allowed to perform up to two songs including vocal entries. Copy written music shall not be performed. Just before stage introductions, performers (both individual and band) shall inform the emcee of the song selections to be announced in the introduction.
  8. Individual contestants and Youth Bands may be accompanied during their performances by a back-up rhythm instrument.
  9. Individual contestants shall perform only once with their chosen instrument. However, individual contestants may enter multiple different individual categories if they so choose.
  10. Individual and band song performances are limited to not more than five (5) minutes.
  11. The Dance competition will be before the band competition on Saturday. Steel tap dancing is permitted. Individual competition only. Judging will be based on a. Timing; b. Technique; c. Ability to project to the audience; d. Level of enjoyment!
  12. Judging will be based on: a. Tuning; b. Timing; c. Teamwork; and d. Balance. These standards of judging shall be applied to individual, band and singing performances.
  13. Electric, electronic, wind, percussion or any other type of instrument shall not be permitted on stage at any time. The only exception may be for the harmonica with an advance ruling of the judges.
  14. Contestants (individual and band) shall present their correct entry number as they go on stage. Contestants shall also provide the names of the songs to be performed (see #6 and #7 above).
  15. Registration to compete in the Fiddlers Convention includes all contestants’ agreement to allow their performances to be recorded and reproduced free of claim by the Ashe County Arts Council. The Arts Council may use recorded and reproduced performances to promote the event and its fundraising efforts. No recording for reproduction shall be made without the express permission of the Ashe County Arts Council.
  16. The names of judges will be provided by the Ashe County Arts Council. Lobbying or otherwise influencing the judging shall not be permitted. Direct appeals of the judging results shall not be directed to the judges themselves without the agreement of the Ashe County Arts Council and judges.
  17. In the event of any stage malfunction (lighting, stage or other occurrence beyond the control of the contestant(s)), contestants will be permitted to repeat the entire performance with no penalty. In the event of instrument problems (broken string or similar occurrence), contestants will be permitted to repeat the entire performance with no penalty.
  18. A full set of prizes will be awarded in all categories with sufficient contestants, with one (1) band being counted as one (1) contestant.
  19. All contestants shall be charged for admission as any other attendee and can be fully reimbursed their Saturday admission fee ($10) following the individual contestant’s performance. A single contestant can only receive one remitted admission paid; regardless of how many times the contestant performs on stage. Refunds will be given for amount of Saturday’s admission. Accompaniment musicians cannot be reimbursed for admission. Complimentary tickets shall not be reimbursed. Youth under age 12 shall not be reimbursed.
  20. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules is the sole responsibility of the Ashe County Arts Council and its representatives. Rulings are final.

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