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Sunday, October 8

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St.

Portland, OR

Watch the Top Prize being made

Any fiddler interested in participating in the Fiddle Off needs to be present and registered before their first round begins. There will be a short judges panel at 12:15 to answer any questions you may have. Judges decisions are final. A Round Robin will determine the Grand Champion of the day. All times and cuts are subject to change. Be ready with your tunes when it is your time to play. You are welcome to bring your own backup. There will be guitar players available if you would like them. Rounds will include standard rounds and random rounds in which fiddlers will be asked to play certain types of tunes (i.e. reel, hornpipe, schottische, polka, waltz, rag, blues, etc...). A fiddler may be asked to play a tune requested by the audience and/or judges. This is an American fiddle off, we all love Irish music and it is important to the development of fiddle music heard here in the U.S., but regional American styles have developed all across our nation. JT's Fiddle Off is a celebration of these sounds. For more information about what to expect, email me or ask me on Saturday. Good luck, I cannot wait to pick a tune with you! - jt

Judges

Joe Suskind - 
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Joe grew up in a musical family. Joe won
and lost his first paycheck as a child roadie for his father’s country band. Winning
by being small enough to hang stage lights in barn rafters and losing at the ease
of breaking neon beer signs. He swore off country music as a teenager but still
played guitar and has been playing ever since. As falls the apple, he could not
escape the music of his youth and has been writing songs, singing and playing
bluegrass music for the past 10 years. He is an aggressive flat picker and prolific
songwriter. He has been a teacher and is always a student of the music he has
now, not reluctantly, accepted as his own.

Joe Suskind - Born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Joe grew up in a musical family. Joe won and lost his first paycheck as a child roadie for his father’s country band. Winning by being small enough to hang stage lights in barn rafters and losing at the ease of breaking neon beer signs. He swore off country music as a teenager but still played guitar and has been playing ever since. As falls the apple, he could not escape the music of his youth and has been writing songs, singing and playing bluegrass music for the past 10 years. He is an aggressive flat picker and prolific songwriter. He has been a teacher and is always a student of the music he has now, not reluctantly, accepted as his own.

Doug Fleener - 
I have competed in fiddling competitions all over the country, winning many state and national titles throughout my years.  I have a bachelors degree in music from Belmont University, and I have been teaching violin lessons for just over 8 years now.  After all that experience learning from great teachers, exchanging songs and licks with friends, and playing music around the country I have discovered that I will always have more to learn and more music to play.

Doug Fleener - I have competed in fiddling competitions all over the country, winning many state and national titles throughout my years. I have a bachelors degree in music from Belmont University, and I have been teaching violin lessons for just over 8 years now. After all that experience learning from great teachers, exchanging songs and licks with friends, and playing music around the country I have discovered that I will always have more to learn and more music to play.

Big Wheel - 
Banned from competing at fiddle contests, barely tolerated by the fiddling community, and generally avoided by most back up pickers due to his insatiable compulsion to play cross tunes.  After a lifetime of bitterness and resentment over his fiddling being judged for "nitpicky" things like intonation, tone, and timing, the Big Wheel relishes this opportunity to finally sit in judgment and mete out harsh scoring to others.

Big Wheel - Banned from competing at fiddle contests, barely tolerated by the fiddling community, and generally avoided by most back up pickers due to his insatiable compulsion to play cross tunes. After a lifetime of bitterness and resentment over his fiddling being judged for "nitpicky" things like intonation, tone, and timing, the Big Wheel relishes this opportunity to finally sit in judgment and mete out harsh scoring to others.