Grand Master Fiddler Championship Grand Master Fiddler Championship  

Welcome to the Grand Master Fiddler Championship!

We are very sad to report the passing of Mrs. Dorothy Roberts, wife of H.G. Roberts, on Tue Jul 22 at 9:03.  Dorothy and H.G. have been a part of the GMFC for many years both as tremendous supporters and as providers of the excellent BBQ served for so many years at the contest.  They loved fiddling and had a smile for everyone they met.


Viewing is THU JUL 24 from 4pm to 8pm and FRI JUL 25 from 11am to 12pm at Woodbine Funeral Home, 3620 Nolensville Rd, Nashville, TN 37211, phone # 615-832-1948 (Across the street where Dorothy and HG owned and operated Fiddler's BBQ many years ago.)  Funeral is FRI JUL 25 at 12pm noon also at Woodbine.


We are honored that the family has requested that in lieu of Flowers please make a tax-deductible donation to Grand Master Fiddler Championship


We will miss you Dorothy and out thoughts and prayers are with H.G. and family.

The Forty-third Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship will be held on Saturday September 27 and Sunday September 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. 


We are very happy to announce the competition will return to a Saturday/Sunday format so that more fiddlers can participate and enjoy the competition.  Please keep checking the website for more updates!


Due to time constraints, the number of contestants per category will be limited.  Contestants must check-in onsite when they arrive to confirm their registration or they could lose their chance to compete. The numbers for each competition are: Open Preliminary (30), Youth (25) Traditional (15) and Accompanist (10). 


The Grand Master Fiddler Championship Inc. is organized as a Tennessee nonprofit and U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. The corporation's primary focus is holding the annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship competition - an event that has started many young musicians on their way to a career in music. As a 501(c)(3) entity, all donations are tax deductible, and we welcome your support to promote and educate about fiddling. Fund-raising efforts are being planned in order to expand the competition, enhance our educational efforts, and to further the awareness of fiddling around the globe.


It is a well-known fact that fiddling laid the foundation of the WSM Grand Ole Opry and reamins important to country and bluegrass music today. For a quarter-century, the contest was sponsored by WSM, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Association and later by Gaylord Entertainment.  When financially able, the GMFC makes donations to such charities as the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund and Bluegrass Trust Fund, which benefit musicians in need.  We do this in honor of the contributions of the pioneers to country, bluegrass and traditional music.   Many of these pioneers such as Roy Acuff, Porter Wagoner, "Uncle Jimmy" Thompson, Bill Monroe, Howdy Forrester and Tommy Jackson played the fiddle or were very involved with fiddling.


Please tell all your fiddle and fiddle music friends, websites, discussion lists and other music sites about this web page!   Let us hear from you and we will add you to the GMFC email list.