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2021 Young Tradition Festival Contest Winners 5/1/21

1st Nora Brown

Nora Brown is a 15 year old musician, based in Brooklyn NY. She has been playing the banjo since she was ten, and has studied with numerous masters of the banjo including Lee Sexton of Line Fork, KY, George Gibson of Knott County, KY, Alice Gerrard of Durham, NC, John Cohen of NYC and Mac Traynham of Floyd, VA. In October 2019 Jalopy Records released Nora’s first album of 11 traditional songs and tunes called Cinnamon Tree which was produced by Alice.

2nd The Carter Girls

The Carter Girls, Madeline (17), Marlise (16) and Maizie (12), are three sisters who play a variety of instruments, (fiddle, guitar, piano, accordion) and genres including, Celtic, Country, and Folk. They are from New Brunswick, Canada but, perform for local events and fundraisers around the Maritimes. Along with playing Celtic and old-time fiddle tunes, they also compose their own music. Their debut album “Crossing Borders” was released in July of 2020 and features 7 original compositions. This arrangement includes two original tunes, Maizie’s Snapper and April Winds.

3rd Owen Kennedy

Owen Kennedy is a fifteen-year-old fiddler from Maine whose love of traditional music and enthusiasm for performing has charmed audiences from San Diego to the Shetland Islands and all over New England. Kennedy has been playing the violin for eleven years, and performs solo as well as with the VT-based Young Tradition Touring Group; the Pineland Fiddlers; and the Maine Folque Co-op. He is a student of Seán Heely and Ellen Gawler. Whether capturing the jazzy bounce of a Maritime reel, mimicking the bagpipes in a Scottish march, or driving a good ol’ New England contradance tune, Kennedy’s powerful playing, clean articulation, and artistic ornamentation are a delight.