Winners Announced (10/16/17)
Heartfelt congratulations to all our amazing finalists in the Scott Street Five String Finals held Saturday at the Richmond Folk Festival. Here are our first place winners, 15-year-old G Rockwell from Bridgeport CT (bluegrass) and 16-year-old Christiana Joneikis from Shreve OH (clawhammer).
Second runner-up in bluegrass banjo was Johnny White (15) from Glen Allen. First runner-up was Taylor Parks (13) from Bloxom on the Eastern Shore. Clawhammer 2nd runner-up was Henry Coatney (13) from Boone, NC. First runner-up was Alanna Brewer (17) from Mountain View, AK.
As you can see, these talented young players and their families came a long way to grace our stage. There were 21 total entrants, from literally all over the country. JAMinc would like to thank our stellar judges who had a seriously tough job on their hands this year–RVA’s classic John Bullard, young clawhammer wizard Victor Furtado from Galax, and the beloved Sammy Shelor from Meadows of Dan, VA. JAMinc is grateful to the Virginia Folklife Program, our co-presenters, and the family of Scott Street for their support of this competition.
Finalists Announced (10/9/17)
The 3rd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals honors the memory of original JAMinc board member, distinguished attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street, who we lost in February of 2015 to cancer. JAMinc is excited to continue this tradition of honoring Scott through this banjo competition for young players 18 and under. Again this year, there will be two divisions and two sets of finalist–for bluegrass/Scruggs-style players and for clawhammer/old time players.
JAMinc is pleased to announce the six finalists for this competition. These finalists will be competing live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Winners in each division will receive a handsome crystal trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1000 cash prize. Runners up receive $600 with $400 for third place.
Taylor Parks (13) Bloxom, VA
G Rockwell (15) Bridgeport, CT
Johnny White (15) Glen Allen, VA
Alanna Brewer (17) Mountain View, AK
Henry Coatney (13) Boone, NC
Christiana Joneikis (16) Shreve, OH
After a preliminary round of YouTube video entries, three finalists will be selected in each division by a distinguished panel of judges led by five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, young Virginia clawhammer virtuoso Victor Furtado and veteran local players Josh Bearman and John Bullard. Finalists will compete live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Winners in each division will receive a handsome crystal trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1000 cash prize. Runners up receive $600 with $400 for third place.