Lowell National Historical Park News Release
Release date: Immediate
Contact(s): Phil Lupsiewicz
Phone number: 978-275-1705
Date: May 25, 2016
Release code: 16-29
36th ANNUAL BANJO AND FIDDLE CONTEST
SEPTEMBER 10th, 2016 AT BOARDING HOUSE PARK
LOWELL, MA– Bust out your banjos, flex your fiddles, and come hang out at Boarding House Park for a day of traditional music and family fun. The Banjo & Fiddle Contest celebrates its 36th event on September 10, 2016, from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. The event is free for contestants, as well as all traditional music fans who’d like to come and listen. Never been to a banjo and fiddle contest before? Bring your lawn chairs and settle in to watch the friendly competition and get in touch with our country’s musical roots.
At Lowell National Historical Park, we honor the connections between past and present. At the Banjo & Fiddle Contest, we invite you to come celebrate musical heritage. The repertoire of tunes played during the Contest is what Folklorists refer to as traditional music—music practiced by groups of people who share a common ethnic heritage, geographic region, or way of life. Tunes are shared within families and communities and are passed on over generations.
Come for the fiddles, stay for the fun! We’ll have jam sessions and music workshops 10AM-noon, and then a whole afternoon full of music and community.
Boarding House Park Location: 40 French Street, Lowell, MA
Rain Location: Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 Fr. Morrissette Blvd., across the street from Boarding House Park.
Visit us at www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvisit/banjo-and-fiddle-contest.htm. To learn more about this and other park offerings during this centennial year of the National Park Service, including the Junior Ranger program, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, or contact Lowell National Historical Park at (978) 970-5000, or visit www.nps.gov/lowe .