Monday, January 13, 2014

 

Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention

Saturday , March 15th  2014

 
The 2014 Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention will be held on Saturday, March 15th, beginning at 12:00 noon at historic Lindsay Street Hall in Chattanooga, TN.

Contest is all old-time music and dance, all acoustic, no mics/amps/PAs.

Lindsay St. Hall, 901 Lindsay St., Chattanooga, TN ...

Map/Directions here - http://tinyurl.com/24qvums


Facebook Event Page


Admission - $10 - children under 12 free
 

 Come one and all as we celebrate this Great Southern tradition. Contests, cash and prizes in old time categories - fiddle, banjo, dance, song and stringband. Food and drinks will be available.


Rules/Prizes -
No electric instruments permitted. Drawing for order of contestants will be held at the registration table 15 min. prior to start of each competition. No registrations allowed after numbers are drawn. Contestants must be present when their number is called to take the stage for competition.


Fiddle – Prizes – 1. $250      2. $125      3. $75
Old time fiddling and tunes only, may play solo or with maximum 1 additional accompanist. Preliminary round – 2 tunes of choice. Finals – 2 tunes of choice.


Banjo – Prizes – 1. $100         2. $50         3. $25
Old time styles and tunes only. May play solo or with maximum 1 additional accompanist. Preliminary round – 2 tunes of choice. Finals – 2 tunes of choice.


Stringband – Prizes - 1. $200         2. $100          3. $60
Old time styles and tunes only. Band must consist of at least 2 stringed instruments. Each musician may only compete in 1 band. 2 tunes/songs of choice, 1 required to include vocals.


Dance – Prizes - 1. $60           2. $40          3.$20
Old time style dance. Dancers who wish to wear metal on shoe soles must bring a board to dance on.


Traditional Song - Prizes - 1. $100         2. $50         3. $25
Pre-1930 traditional song. 3 minute time limit. Must be performed solo. Can be solo voice or singer may accompany themselves on an instrument.
 

Order of Events –

12:00 – Doors Open

1:00 – Performance (TBA)

2:00 – Dance Contest

3:00 – Banjo Contest

4:00 – Performance (TBA)

5:00 – Traditional Song Contest

6:00 – String Band Contest

7:00 – Fiddle Contest

 
 Contact for more info -  Chattanooga Old Fiddlers' Association


Photos from past years conventions -


1927 Chattanooga Fiddlers Convention - Clayton McMichen, Lowe Stokes, Gid Tanner, E.E. Akins, Homer Davenport, Bert Layne.



March 1926 Chattanooga Fiddlers Convention

Lindsay St. Hall , home of the Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Thanks to our wonderful sponsors -
Chris Hale Signs , Lone Mountain Music 
 
 






 
 
 

Monday, March 11, 2013

                   Now Available - Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention Documentary
                                                

                                                               Limited Edition DVD

                                            b/w - 53 minutes                      $10.00

       During the mid-1920's, the the biggest names in string band music and all the best old time fiddlers around gathered in Chattanooga, TN in hopes of carrying home the title -
 Champion Old Time Fiddler of the South.

    Narrated by text from newspaper articles which appeared in the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga News and utilizing period and rare photographs, the early days of this historic convention come to life on the screen.

                 Featuring Gid Tanner, Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Uncle Dave Macon and
                 A.A. Gray, as well as hometown favorites "Sawmill" Tom Smith, Jess Young, Bob
                 Douglas and Lowe Stokes.

    - Presented by the Chattanooga Old Fiddlers Association -


 
                                              Group of Fiddlers at Chattanooga Contest 1926

Clayton McMichen, Lowe Stokes, Gid Tanner, E.E. Akins, Homer Davenport, Bert Layne
 
J.H. Gaston - early promoter of Chattanooga Fiddlers Conventions