Results of the 2020 State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers' Championships

Held "Virtually" August 22nd, 2020

2020 State of Tennessee Champion Fiddler

Dennis Ludiker

Youth Fiddle (Age 17 & Under)

1st Place McKenna Petersen
2nd Place Georgia Halverson
3rd Place Max Francis

Adult Fiddle (Ages 18 to 49)

1st Place Dennis Ludiker
2nd Place Jesse Maw
3rd Place Ivy Phillips

Senior Fiddle (Age 50 & Over)

1st Place Starr McMullen
2nd Place Marcia Denton
3rd Place Martha Hughes


July 23, 2020

The State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers' Championships mourns the sudden death of fiddler Dan Kelly. Dan was a great friend of our Event, having judged for us several times in the past. He was a fine fiddler, but more importantly, he was a good man.

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Dan Kelly

(with Faith Hill)

Dan Kelly won many prestigious fiddle contests; was Roy Acuff's last "Smoky Mountain Boy" fiddle player on the Grand Ole Opry; and developed a successful career as a sideman, touring with Country stars Pam Tillis, Steve Wariner, Faith Hill, Lonestar, SheDaisy, Alan Jackson, and Clint Black. He performed on the stages of the Kennedy Center; the Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards shows; the Tonight Show; the David Letterman Show; Good Morning America; and Carnegie Hall

A native Pennsylvanian, Dan began playing fiddle at age eight, and by the age of twelve he had won the Canadian National Open Fiddle Championship. During his contest career, he went on to win the state championships of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as the Mid-America Championship twice. In 1983, at the age of seventeen, Dan won the most famous fiddle title in the nation, the Grand Masters

Dan's favorite career highlight, aside from winning the Grand Masters and being a member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys, was playing Carnegie Hall with Alan Jackson. When Dan was not touring, he divided his musical time between performing with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band; doing session work around Nashville; maintaining a private teaching schedule; and teaching a violin class at a local private school.

Dan will be sorely missed.


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