Think music-college students can’t play bluegrass? The Berklee crew seriously showed off its chops at the 31st annual Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Contests on Sept. 11 at the Lowell National Historic Park. Students took first place in six of the eight categories. Said top alt-styles fiddler Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, “It was a pretty good day!”
So, who won what?
Bluegrass fiddle, 1st place: John Mailander
Bluegrass banjo, 1st place: Gabe Hirshfeld
Banjo and fiddle duet, 1st place: Lucy Cochran and Lukas Pool
Clawhammer banjo, 1st place: Lukas Pool and honorable mention: Ben Walters
Alternative styles fiddle, 1st place: Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
Alternative styles banjo, 1st place: Kyle Tuttle
Old-time fiddle, 2nd place: Lucy Cochran
Performer of the day: Lukas Pool
There were 80 entries overall. Read the full winners list.