Walnut Valley News

Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship Winners Announced

The Walnut Valley Association would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship.

1st Place – Tyler Andal from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: Maciej Lacek Master Fiddle represented by Beautiful Music Violin Shop of Lawrence, KS

2nd Place Tashina Clarridge from Mt. Shasta, CA

Prize Instrument Selected: Maciej Lacek Fiddle represented by Beautiful Music Violin Shop of Lawrence, KS

3rd – Regina Scott from Tulsa OK

2017 National Mandolin Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Mandolin Championship

1st Place – Isaac Eicher from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: Ellis F5 Special Mandolin provided by Ellis Mandolins of Austin, TX

2nd Place – Solly Burton from Sullivan, IN

Prize Instrument Selected: Collings MF5 Custom Mandolin provided by Collings Guitars, Inc. of Austin, TX

3rd Place – Holten Doucette from Waller, TX

Prize Instrument Selected: Clark F5 Mandolin provided by Clark Mandolins of Boise, ID

2017 National Mountain Dulcimer Champions Named

Contest Name: 2017 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner: Matthew Hathaway from Ft. Worth, TX 76179

Prize Instrument Selected: The 4FHKK Custom Koa Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

2nd Place Winner: Keith Reynolds from Labette City, KS 67356

Prize Instrument Selected: The 6FHWR-E Baritone Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

2017 International Finger Style Guitar Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulates the 2017 winners of the International Finger Style Guitar Championship Contest.

1st Place – Christie Lenee from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: The Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium Guitar provided by Taylor Guitars Inc. of El Cajon, CA

2nd Place – Travis Bowman from Alexander, AR

Prize Instrument Selected: Bourgeois OMC Soloist Guitar provided by Bourgeois Guitars, Inc. of Lewiston, ME

3rd Place – Matt Thomas from Virginia Beach, VA

2017 International Autoharp Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association would like to congratulate the 2017 winners of the International Autoharp Championship.

1st Place - Cindy Harris from Pittsburgh, PA

2nd Place – Karen Nickel from Winfield, KS

3rd Place – Michael Poole from Chapel Hill, NC

Improve your skill at a hands-on class from top Walnut Valley Festival Performers.

The Walnut Valley Festival Hands-On Workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th at the Winfield First Baptist Church. Class topics include vocal, flat pick, fingerstyle and blues guitar, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, songwriting, mandolin and bass. These classes are open to a limited number of students, with skill levels from beginner to advanced. A free shuttle will pick you and your friends up at festival grounds and return you there after classes. There is a fee to attend but you are not required to have a full festival ticket to attend.

2017 Andy May’s Acoustic Kids Showcases Deadline Extended!

Deadline extended! Good news for those of you who have been meaning to apply for our Walnut Valley Festival Acoustic Kids Showcases- with Andy May but have been busy with summer and haven't quite gotten your application together: We still have plenty of room, and we are extending the deadline until the showcase is full or Wednesday, September 6, whichever comes first.

http://andymay.com/acoustic-kids/annual-events/acoustic-kids-walnut-valley-fest/

2017 Indiana State Finger Style Guitar Championship

The Fifth Annual Indiana String Fest and Indiana State Finger Style Guitar Championship were held July 28th through 30st at the Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, Indiana. World renown featured performers and competitors filled the house for a full weekend of internationally acclaimed finger style guitar music and competition.

Fifteen competitors waited patiently for their turn to compete in the competition. The second round of competition consisted of the top five scorers from the first round.

2017 Wyoming State Guitar Champions Announced

Keith Taylor, Magna, Utah took top honors at the Wyoming State Finger Style Guitar Championship while Austin Taylor, Sandy, Utah won the Wyoming State Flat Pick Guitar Championship. Both competitions are sponsored by the Oyster Ridge Music Festival held in Kemmerer, Wyoming held July 28th through 30th.

Jeffry Stock, Salt Lake City, Utah won second place in the Wyoming State Finger Style Guitar Championshiip, and Scott Earl Boyd, Centerville, Utah won third place.