Rod Olstad's Fiddling Journey

The rules for fiddle contests are well defined, as the MC at the Athabasca Harvest Gold contest explains. Contestants are required to play, accompanied by piano or guitar, a jig, a waltz, and a reel within a given time limit. Tune choices tend to favor either tunes that are traditional or those that are traditional in style. As Ernie Nelson indicates, competitors are judged according to whether or not their playing would inspire someone to dance.
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Ernie Nelson discusses judging waltzes.

Ernie Nelson discusses judging waltzes.

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Gilbert Anderson plays guitar for Fred St. Arneault.

Gilbert Anderson plays guitar for Fred St. Arneault.

The audience and judges at the Harvest Gold Fiddle Contest

The audience and judges at the Harvest Gold Fiddle Contest