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Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests$
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Chris Goertzen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731224

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731224.001.0001

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Modern Fiddle Contests

Modern Fiddle Contests

The Competition Itself

(p.26) Chapter Two Modern Fiddle Contests
Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests

Chris Goertzen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter zeroes in on the modern fiddle contest for a closer look at what happens at these events. More particularly, the chapter focuses on the fiddle contests as a competition—what the contests claim to be about and what they mean for the participants. The chapter looks at, for example, the fact that despite the fiddle contests being a form of competition, many fiddlers and other musicians that attend the contests regularly never compete. Some of the more overt business of fiddle contests includes the venues in which they take place, how the competitors are divided into several competition brackets, and how these events proceed from start to finish. The chapter also takes a look at two different yet representative small contests, afterwards moving further at the three large and important ones.

Keywords:   modern fiddle contest, fiddle contests, fiddlers, business of fiddle contests, small contests

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