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Grand Master Fiddler Championship
August 31 @ 10:00 am - September 1 @ 5:00 pmFree
The 48th Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship will be held on Labor Day weekend, Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Ford Theater. There are four competitions: Open, Traditional, Youth and Accompanist. Additionally, between rounds there will be entertainment by nationally and internationally recognized musicians and stars.
Grand Master Open Fiddler Championship
The Grand Master Open Fiddler Championship is a showcase for some of the best fiddle players in the world. Each year, the Contest Committee invites top Fiddle Players from around the world to compete in the contest. A Preliminary round is held and open to any and all fiddle players regardless of age or nationality. Pre-registration for this round becomes available in April each year. Anyone who pre-registers will have the option to SKIP the draw for numbers and play LAST after those who registered on-site. The Top 5 to Top 15 fiddle players are selected from this round to join the Finalist Round. After this round, 10 players are then chosen to compete in the Championship round. Making the Championship round guarantees a player’s selection as an invited Finalist for the next year.
There are five judges all of whom are Champion Fiddlers. They are hidden from view, cannot see the contestants, and are not told who is playing.
Grand Master Traditional Fiddler Championship
The Grand Master Traditional Fiddler Championship contest is a showcase event that is designed to recognize fiddlers who play a fiddling style outside the recognized US “contest” or “Texas” styles, or Canadian “contest” styles. If a fiddler plays thecompetitive style heard at places such as the U.S. Nationals at Weiser, Canadian Nationals at Shelbourne, or the Texas State Championship at Hallettsville then he or she should not enter this category. Contestants playing in those styles in this competition will be disqualified – if in doubt ask the contest coordinators before you enter this category. There are five judges all of whom are Champion Fiddlers. They are located in front of the stage so they can see the fiddler and judge the entre performance. The trophy for the Traditional Fiddler Championship is named after the late Hon. Senator Robert C. Byrd, a long-time fiddler and fiddling fan and an honorary member of the Grand Master Fiddler Championship Board of Directors.
Grand Master Youth Fiddler Championship
The Grand Master Youth Fiddler Championship contest is open to any fiddler 15 years of age and under (as of contest day). This category is designed to give younger players an opportunity to compete against players in their own age range. There are five judges all of whom are Champion Fiddlers. They are hidden from view, cannot see the contestants, and are not told who is playing.
Grand Master Accompanist Championship
Accompanists are the unsung heroes of the fiddling contest world and spend countless hours helping fiddlers perform to their best abilities. The Accompanist contest is open to guitar and piano backup players but no GMFC fiddle participants may enter this division, and vice versa. This contest showcases accompanists’ talents and provides recognition and cash prizes. There are five judges all of whom are Champion Fiddlers. They are located in front of the stage so they can see the fiddler and judge the entre performance.
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