Welcome to the home of the Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest, held in Eureka, Nevada
Thank you to all the musicians who participated in the 2019 Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers’ Contest, the audience who attended, and congratulations to all the winners! This year’s event was held at the Eureka Opera House, in Eureka, Nevada. We will be posting information for next year’s event as it approaches, so please check back often for the latest news!
A rich musical history.
Everyone out west knows fiddle music, but where did it begin? “Old time fiddle tunes” are derived from European folk dance tunes such as Jig, Reel, Breakdown, Schottische, Waltz, Two Step and Polka. The fiddle may be accompanied by banjo or other instruments but are nevertheless called “fiddle tunes”. The genre traces from the colonization of North America by immigrants from England, France, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. It is separate and distinct from traditions which it has influenced or which may in part have evolved from it, such as bluegrass, country blues, variants of western swing and country rock. This year, this very special music will be celebrated in the town of Eureka! To learn more about the the town of Eureka, visit visiteurekanevada.com.
We would like to congratulate those contestants from the Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers’ contest who participated in the National Old-Time Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho in June. They include: Fiona McNeil, junior-junior division; Leah Bowen, junior division; Grant Wheeler, adult division; Randy Warner, senior division; and Jim McMillan, senior-senior division. Leah Bowen of Sparks, Nevada also participated in the Grand Master Fiddler Championships in Nashville, Tennessee. The event was held in the Ford Theatre of the Country Music Hall of Fame on September 1st-2nd. Leah placed 1st becoming the 2018 Youth Champion.