Organizers putting finishing touches on Berlin Fiddlers Convention

BERLIN, Md. – In just a few weeks the Berlin Fiddlers Convention will be taking over downtown Berlin for one weekend. “Everything’s absolutely free. We’ll kick it off on Friday evening with a great concert. Saturday there will be more music and competition. Then, on Sunday we wrap it up with a bluegrass gospel show, tied into our Berlin Farmers Market,” said Deputy Director of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce Steve Frene.

Headlining the concert on Friday is The Gina Furtado Project. “Gina was actually a child competitor in our event many, many years ago. She’s risen among the ranks of bluegrass professionals. She’s an awesome banjo player, and a three time International Bluegrass Music Association nominee,” said Frene.

On Saturday, the U.S. Navy’s Country Current bluegrass band will take the stage. “They are a world renowned, world traveling blue grass band. Also, they have a fiddle player, Patrick McAvinue, who started out at the Berlin Fiddlers Convention,” said Frene.
Lastly, on Sunday there will be a gospel and bluegrass combination show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farmers Market. Bands performing include Stevenson’s Crossroad and Blue Crab Crossing.

When it comes to Saturday’s competition, Frene says this year it’s going virtual. Musicians will vie for the top spot in guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and band in the youth and adult categories. “We started noticing a lot of the artists and musicians were producing things on the web, and a couple of other festivals started doing that. So, we started looking at that and this year it’s going to come into play,” said Frene. “It’s much safer. We don’t have a corral of musicians waiting to come up on stage. It’s much easier for us to handle and administer. We’re not judging live and coordinating scoring sheets. So it’ll flow a lot better. But it’s kind of a best of the best, winner take all.”

The winners of the competition will perform at the convention on Saturday. To enter the competition, you can submit your YouTube link to BerlinMDChamber@gmail.com. The event is free and open to all. For more information, click here.

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