Banjo Competition Entry Extended

Folk Fest Event to honor life of attorney and musician Scott Street.

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Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor is 5-time IBMA Award Winner for Banjo Performer of the Year, 2011 Award Winner for the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
  • Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor is 5-time IBMA Award Winner for Banjo Performer of the Year, 2011 Award Winner for the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Listen up, great young banjo players (especially girls) who are 18 and under: The deadline to submit a video of your playing for the 2015 Richmond Folk Festival's Scott Street five string finals has been extended to Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.

So far there are only five entrants in the competition hosted by JAMinc to honor the life of Scott Street, a top former local attorney and dedicated banjo player who died in February of cancer. Four finalists will be selected and entrants must be 18 years of age or younger as of Oct. 11.

The winner of the competition held on Sunday, Oct. 11 on the Virginia Folklife Stage, will get a beautiful new Huber Workhorse banjo, a personal mentorship with musician Sammy Shelor made possible by the VFH Virginia Folklife Program and other "valuable considerations."

Go here to learn more.

This all reminds me of a joke I once heard mandolin master Tim O'Brien tell at Ashland Coffee and Tea years ago: "What do you call a pretty lady on a banjo player's arm? . . . . A tattoo." B'dump. bump.

To get you banjo contestants pumped: Here's 'Hee Haw's' Roy Clark and Buck Trent performing "Dueling Banjos" for real, and being a little politically incorrect in the process.

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