Tuesday, 22 September 2009

UK mandolinist in top three at Winfield contest

Winfield mandolin contest winners: Rex Preston (UK), #3; Brian McDowell (NC), #1; Josh Bailey (TX), #2 (photo from the Bluegrass Journal)

Thanks to Richard F Thompson, editor of British Bluegrass News, for the news that Rex Preston of Bath, England, who plays with the Scoville Units band, took the #3 award in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Several entrants from outside the US took part in the mandolin, banjo, and guitar contests; pickers from the UK seem to have been the only entrants from Europe.

For more details, see the original Bluegrass Blog.