Grand Master Fiddler Championship
Grand Master Fiddler Championship

Youth Preliminary Rules

  1. Competitors in this competition may not also compete in the Open, Accompanist, or Traditional Championship. No electric instruments and no instruments playing "lead" will be permitted. No fiddler will be allowed more than 4 accompanying instruments. Any stringed instrument is acceptable as backup. Limited to the first 25 contestants that check in or register ONSITE.

     

  2. No electric instruments and no instruments playing "lead" will be permitted. No fiddler will be allowed more than 4 accompanying instruments. Any stringed instrument is acceptable as backup.

     

  3. Songs that will not be allowed are: "Mockingbird", "Black Mountain Rag” and "Orange Blossom Special". We will not permit trick fiddling or show tunes. Note: "double shuffle" is acceptable if it is a traditional part of the song.

     

  4. For your information, the judges will be housed in a separate facility and no visual displays will influence their decisions. Judges will not have any contestant names or be told who is performing.

     

  5. In each fiddler's presentation, they must play a breakdown and a waltz - IN THAT ORDER. Each fiddler must be prepared to give their tunes, in order of performance, to the Contestant Coordinator who will have the M.C. announce the numbers. Failure to play the tunes in the correct order or playing the incorrect type of tune will result in a 30 point deduction from the total score.

     

  6. THERE IS 6 MINUTE LIMIT - penalties may be assessed for excessively exceeding this limit.

     

  7. Just as last year's Grand Master Fiddler Youth Champion is not eligible for this year’s contest, the winner of this contest will not be eligible to compete next year but can sit out a year and compete again (age permitting) or return and compete in the Open, Accompanist, or Traditional Championship categories,

     

  8. The top five scoring contestants (at least) will be selected to compete in the Championship round. In the event of a tie for the last position to select as Finalist, all five judges’ scores will be added together as a tie breaker.

     

  9. Contestants should be ready to compete when called to the stage. Contestants will be required to begin their first tune within 30 seconds from the time they are announced to the judges. Consideration will be given for broken strings, switching instruments, etc. Violation of this rule will result in loss of 30 points and/or disqualification.

     

  10. In the event a contestant breaks a string, they will be allowed to restart their tune. If they continue, the tune will be scored as is. If their accompanist breaks a string, the contestant has 30 seconds to decide whether to stop and restart the tune or continue. Any stoppage after this 30 second grace period will result in the tune being scored as is.

     

  11. The decision of the judges is FINAL. Any contestant or accompanist who harasses, threatens or verbally abuses a judge or contest official will first be warned and next be expelled from the contest for the current and next year.

     

  12. Upon contestant registration, all commercial recording, photo and video rights during the contest are reserved and shall become the property of the Grand Master Fiddler Championship.