Arkansas Fiddle Championship 9-16-11

September 16 – 17, 2011 7 pm  Ozark Folk Center ► Mountain View, Ar

 

ar state fiddle championship mountain view arThe Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View is hosting the Arkansas State Fiddle Championship Friday and Saturday, September 24 & 25. The Performers for the evening concerts will include the judges, Pete Brown, Travis Inman and Roger Fountain along with Pete’s Band, The Acouticatz and Patchwork on Friday night and our Judges along with the Roger Fountain Band on Saturday night.

The Acousticatz are steeped in bluegrass but tinged by pop, jazz and country and can best be summed up in just five words: Everything old is new again. This group offers a refreshing, wholesome approach that crosses demographic lines and embraces young and old alike.

Pete Brown heads up the stage performances for The Acousticatz with incredible driving fiddle, mandolin and sings baritone, lead and a number of attempts at humor. Pete’s been performing for 30+ years for bluegrass and country audiences and frequently gets asked to
judge state and national fiddle championships. Pete lives in Benton, AR.

Pete’s group, the Acousticatz are steeped in bluegrass but tinged by pop, jazz and country and can best be summed up in just five words: Everything old is new again. This group offers a refreshing, wholesome approach that crosses demographic lines and embraces young and old alike.

Travis Inman, from Cole Camp, MO, said his teachers were many, particularly when the family would invite everyone over for a Friday night jam session. As a small child, Inman wasn’t encouraged to learn the fiddle, but his father and uncles soon put him to work playing rhythm guitar for their own fiddle playing. For a while he was content with that. And then, in 1974, he got the opportunity to hear some real fiddle playing at an old time fiddler’s contest at Warsaw, MO. Inspired by those “real fiddlers” he decided he had to get into the fiddle. But that was easier said than done.  Although his father owned several fiddles and did repairs on them, he didn’t react kindly to anyone else touching them.  “If he caught you touching a fiddle of his, he’d thrash you. So I waited until my mom was outside hanging laundry one day and I climbed up and looked in the cabinets and found an old fiddle that he been taken apart. It had no keys and no strings. I rummaged around in dad’s spare parts and found the keys and put strings on. But I didn’t have any idea how to tune it. I had to get dad’s fiddle out of its case to find out how to tune it. And I used his bow and started sawing. After awhile, I could make it bounce like you have to do, and then I went over to my uncle’s and he showed me some easy tunes.”

Today Inman sports eleven state championships, three regional championships and over 140 trophies. He has inspired and taught many a young fiddler, was a master artist in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program with the Missouri Folk Art Program and continues to play music in and around the Cole Camp-Sedalia area as often as he can.

Roger Fountain is one of Mountain View’s favorite fiddle players. Roger is a member of several local groups including The Leatherwoods, The Roger Fountain Band and Clancey and the Ragtags. He thrills audiences with his masterful musical interpretations. Roger helps to pass on the traditions of the old time fiddle by teaching many of the young musicians in the Mountain View area. He is an award winning fiddle player and we are very lucky to have him as one of our own.

The evening concert Friday will start with contestants competing at 6:30 pm. Competition continues at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Entry to the competitions is included with a Craft Grounds ticket or Season Pass. Enter though the Administration Building or Gift Shop. The Auditorium box office opens at 6 p.m. for the evening show. The evening Music Admission includes the 7 p.m. Final Play-offs and the evening concert. The Fiddle Contest is sanctioned by the Arkansas Old-Time Fiddlers Association. There is $1650 in total cash prizes to be awarded. For more information about entering the competition, contact The Ozark Folk Center at 870-269-3851

Our Favorite Links

  • Academy of Bluegrass
  • Bluegrass Today
  • Memphis Acoustic Music Asscociation
  • Memphis Area Bluegrass Association
  • Mountain View Bluegrass Festival
  • Mountain View Music
  • Mountain View Tourism
  • Ozark Folk Center
  • Weber Fine Acoustical Instruments