Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis

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Irish Fiddle Competition - Saturday, June 14th, 2014

We are pleased to announce our first annual 2014 Irish Fiddle Competition! Sponsored by the Indy Irish Fest, 9 Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub, Claddagh Irish Pubs, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the competition is open to fiddlers of all ages living in Indiana. The competition will take place on Saturday, June 14th at the Garfield Park Arts Center beginning at 11:00 am and continuing until noon or until all the competitors have played. After the competition, we are hosting a Q & A on fiddling techniques and styles with our judging panel and performances by the judges, competition winners, and friends. Food trucks will have lunch for sale in the parking lot between the competition and the announcement of the winners!

Our esteemed judges are Jamie Gans of the Runcible Spoon session, Maggie Davis, and Jenny Thompson of the Golden Ace session.

Need assistance with the entrance fee? Our friends at The Brockway Pub have offered to sponsor five competitors! Contact us for more information.

The competition features four different age groups: 10 & under, 11 - 14, 15 - 18, and over 19 years old. 


10 & Under Age Group                    11 - 14 Age Group                    15 - 18 Age Group                    19+ Age Group

1st Prize: $25                                   1st Prize: $50                             1st Prize: $100                          1st Prize: $175

2nd Prize: $10                                  2nd Prize: $25                           2nd Prize: $50                           2nd Prize: $75


10 & Under Age Group

$15 Entrance Fee

Perform one tune two times through.

11 - 14 Age Group

$20 Entrance Fee

Perform 2 contrasting tunes, each played two times through.

15 - 18 Age Group

$20 Entrance Fee

Perform two tune sets, each tune played two times through. One tune set must be a set of reels.

19+ Age Group

$25 Entrance Fee

Perform three tune sets, each tune played two times through. One reel set, one jig set, and one set of the player's choice.

Competition Rules

  • No sheet music is to be used in competition. All music must be memorized.
  • A tune set is defined as two different tunes of the same type (i.e. two reels) played consecutively. 
  • All tunes chosen must be considered Irish traditional instrumental tunes or accepted recent compositions in the style of traditional instrumental music.
  • Accepted types of tunes are: Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, Hornpipe, Polka, March, Slide, Set Dance, Mazurka, Planxty, Fling, Barn Dance, Schottische
  • All tunes are to be played solo. No accompaniment will be used.
  • Competition is open to Indiana Residents Only.

Enter the Competition

Complete and submit the registration form (below) or download and mail in the pdf to register for the competition. After you've submitted your registration form, you can pay your registration fees here or send a check to: The Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis, P.O. Box 1643, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

Need assistance with the entrance fee? Our friends at The Brockway Pub have offered to sponsor five competitors! Contact us for more information.

Thank you for entering the 2014 Irish Fiddle Competition! We will be in touch shortly with more information.

In the meantime, make sure you pay your entrance fee online (via our tickets and fees page) or by sending a check to:
Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis
PO Box 1643
Indianapolis, IN 46206
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