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1st Place at the Old Time Banjo Festival Contest and The Birchmere

Posted by BradKolodner on Monday, July 19, 2010

This past weekend, I competed in the Old Time Banjo Festival contest in Takoma Park, Md. Last year, I placed in the competition. This year, In the first round, I played my tune 'Ithacan Ash' and 'Liza Jane.' Out of seven contestants, I was one of three who advanced to the final round. In the final round, I played 'Larrabee's Point.' After a mini-concert by Adam Hurt, Beth Hartness, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, and Charlie Pilser, I was announced as the winner! I was thrilled to advance to the final round and to compete alongside such fine musicians. Winning the competition was such an honor. As a prize for winning, I was awarded a Kevin Enoch Tradesman banjo. I am a big fan of his instruments as I already own his Dobson model banjo.

I was also awarded a slot at Saturday night's Old Time Banjo Festival concert at The Birchmere in Alexandria. The featured performers at the concert were Frank Fairfield, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Adam Hurt, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, and Tony Trischka. I invited my father Ken Kolodner to play hammered dulcimer during my set. We played my original tune 'Otter Creek' and we recieved an excellent response from the crowd! That tune will be appearing on our upcoming album titled 'Otter Creek', scheduled for release this fall. We are nearly finished recording but we still need to mix, master, and duplicate the album. Look for it in a few months!




5 comments on “1st Place at the Old Time Banjo Festival Contest and The Birchmere”

rinemb Says:
Monday, July 19, 2010 @11:07:14 AM

Congratulations! Brad

robertsart Says:
Monday, July 19, 2010 @2:35:04 PM

Congratulations! I was hoping to go down to see the contest, but couldn't make.

Getting to play at the show among some great talent must have been a thrill.

Nice job.

raharris Says:
Monday, July 19, 2010 @3:18:20 PM

Good for you! I was at the BanjoFest last year and had a ball -- Cathy and Marcy are great people for hosting it --

jbalch Says:
Monday, July 19, 2010 @3:45:06 PM


TopCat Says:
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @5:38:50 AM

Congratulations! I just listened to Otter Creek on your MP3s and it's a lovely tune.

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