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2nd Place at the Old Time Banjo Festival

Posted by BradKolodner on Monday, July 13, 2009

This past weekend, I travelled down to Takoma Park, MD to participate in the Old Time Banjo Contest. It was the first contest I had ever participated in. I went into it with virtually no idea of what competitions were all about.

In the preliminary round, I played my version of Big Scioty which is a synthesis of Dan Levenson's, Ken Kolodner's, and Adam Hurt's version. In the final round, I played my own composition, Bradley's Tune, and a newfound favorite, Snowdrop, which I learned only a week ago.

After the contest, Adam Hurt along with Beth Hartness played a pleasant mini-concert while the final scores were tabulated. After the mini-concert, the results were in. I came in second place! First place went to a long-time mainstay on the professional old-time circuit, Reed Martin. Congrats to Reed, he deserved it.

Thanks to Cathy Fink for putting on this event and festival. It was a really cool experience and I look forward to participating in the contest next year!

4 comments on “2nd Place at the Old Time Banjo Festival”

quikcarl Says:
Monday, July 13, 2009 @9:08:53 AM

Congratulations Bradley, that is awesome. Good luck in all your picking and keep up the good work.

dbrooks Says:
Monday, July 13, 2009 @9:55:29 AM

Amazing, Brad!  Your dad told me at Kentucky Music Week that you were making swift progress on the banjo, and now you finished second to one of the icons of old-time banjo!  Thanks for sharing the good news.

JohnB. Says:
Monday, July 13, 2009 @12:04:18 PM

Congrats on second place!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009 @7:37:07 AM


I enjoyed meeting you and watching you play in the competition.  You have an innate feel for the instrument and I look forward to seeing you next year in DC (If not sooner).



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