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The official State of Illinois Old Time Fiddle Contest will be held on Sunday, October 7, at 1pm at the Effingham Performance Center (EPC), in Effingham, IL. The contest is part of Fiddle Fest, a weekend event that starts on Saturday with a benefit concert of four fiddle bands, also performing at the EPC. Admission is $5 each day. The bands include Hand Picked, a teen bluegrass quintet who were chosen to play in the 2017 and 2018 Youth in Bluegrass Contest in Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO. Also appearing will be Genevieve (Harrison) and Smith Koester, members of an award-winning fiddle band; and Patt & Possum, a fiddle-piano who play tunes from Missouri. Possum, aka Charlie Walden, has won the state fiddle contest three times. The last band to take the stage is Gold Country with lead fiddler Elijah Doty who was a prizewinner in the 2017 contest. Fiddle Fest is sponsored by the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association. Formed in 1965, the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reviving and furthering Old Time Fiddle Music by preserving old time tunes and fiddling techniques, and passing on this traditional form to the younger generation. Any fiddler who is a resident of Illinois is eligible to enter the contest and can do so on line at illinoisOldTimeFiddlers.org
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Playing Since: 1957
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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French Guillaume - (wonderful balance);
No name stippled - (auction in Bement - plays great - I put a pick-up on this);
Maggini (sp? copy -- BIG sound);
and Hopf with mechanical gears (sweet sound!)
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MOTHERLODE is: Althea Pendergast (bass and lead singer), Wendy Meyer (guitarist and sometimes lead singer); and me (fiddle, mandolin, accordion, 4-string tenor banjo).
Genevieve Harrison - fiddler for (Whistle Pigs -- getting new name)
Smith Koester - banjo for (Whistle Pigs -- getting new name)
Garry Harrison, Bloomington - founder of Indian Creek Delta Boys
Andy Dribble from St. Louis
Chirps Smith originally from Charleston IL
Mark Butler - Exorna
Clifford Harrison - the best nephew in the whole wide world!
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I am the fiddler in the Motherlode String Band trio. I love to back up all types of musicians and have eclectic taste. In addition to M'lode, I play with a guitarist who does a lot of 40's tunes and Iove the mix of guitar and fiddle (wish I could say I "play" Grappelli -- but do love to listen and am working on it.) Would like some contact with SWEDISH folk fiddlers (my Mom is Swedish, Dad was Norweigian, so I'm sort of a bastard! sorry!) My daughter - Genevieve is a great fiddler in her own right -- takes after her dad, Garry who is probably THE best fiddler in the US (google "Dear Old Illinois" to find out how you can and see / hear / read about his incredible Illinois collection !!!!
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