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'Gathering in the Gap' announces competitions

April 6th, 2013 12:24 pm by staff report

BIG STONE GAP — The 2013 “Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival, slated for May 25 at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, offers an opportunity for area musicians to test their skills in a variety of musical competitions.


Performers can compete in old-time banjo and bluegrass divisions and on multiple instruments. Competition categories will include banjo, fiddle, bluegrass guitar, bluegrass mandolin, bluegrass band, and old-time band.


Two age groups will compete in all categories except bluegrass band and old-time band: 17 and under and 18 and over.


Judging criteria to score contestants will include arrangement, rhythm and timing, musicianship, technique and stage presence. Judges will look for tasteful, dynamic and entertaining performances. Scores for technique will be based on the technical competence of a contestant’s fingering, bowing or picking.


Cash prizes and certificates will be presented to winners in each category with a top prize of $500 for first place in the old-time band and bluegrass band categories.


Each contestant must fill out a registration form and pay admission to the festival. There is no additional cost for the competitions.


All competitors will perform two songs, one fast and one slow. All competing bands must consist of three or more members. For a complete list of rules, a schedule of events or a downloadable registration form, visit www.gatheringinthegapmusicfestival.com and click on ‘Competitions.’ 

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