This past weekend, Maggie and Abbey competed in the Folk Ensemble Competition at the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship held in Lawrence, KS.
What started off as a rainy day, turned out to be a lovely afternoon in a park full of music and bluegrass fans of all ages. About an hour into the competition, the girls sang for their six minute time period. The judges were seated back behind a blue tent so they couldn't see the contestants, judging on sound alone, which was kind of cool.
After a long day of listening to remarkably talented musicians (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and misc. instruments) the winners were announced. We held our breath as they announced the winners for the Folk Ensemble.
The girls won first place! Yahoo! They received a nice chunk of money, a precious trophy, two certificates, and a t-shirt and gift certificate to Mass Street Music. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon.
Here's a short clip from yesterday's competition, with the girls singing a song originally written and recorded by Gillian Welch. Let us know what you think!