The Scott Street Five String Finals

presented by JAMinc and the Virginia Folklife Program

Announcing the WINNERS for the 2018 Scott Street Five String Finals! Congratulations to all and thanks to judges James  Bailey, Jim Hurst, Victor Furtado and Richard Ward. 

 Pictured above: (l to r) Jim Hurst-judge, Henry Coatney-finalist/clawhammer, Caleb Coatney-1st place/clawhammer, Austin Hefflefinger-1st place/bluegrass, Claire Childress-finalist/clawhammer, Steve Lewis-accompanist, Taylor Parks-finalist/bluegrass, Victor Furtado-judge, Jacob Moretz-finalist/bluegrass (Photo by David Parrish)

Pictured above: (l to r) Jim Hurst-judge, Henry Coatney-finalist/clawhammer, Caleb Coatney-1st place/clawhammer, Austin Hefflefinger-1st place/bluegrass, Claire Childress-finalist/clawhammer, Steve Lewis-accompanist, Taylor Parks-finalist/bluegrass, Victor Furtado-judge, Jacob Moretz-finalist/bluegrass (Photo by David Parrish)

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Bluegrass

  • 1st place – Austin Hefflefinger (age 13), Rimersburg, PA

  • 1st runner up – Taylor Parks (age 14), Bloxom, VA

  • 2nd runner up – Jacob Moretz (age 13), Boone, NC

Clawhammer

  • 1st place – Caleb Coatney (age 16), Boone, NC

  • 1st runner up – Claire Childress (age 15), Big Stone Gap, VA

  • 2nd runner up – Henry Coatney (age 14), Boone, NC

Contest Information

To honor the memory of beloved JAMinc board member, distinguished attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street who we lost in February of 2015 to cancer, we’re excited to announce the 4th annual edition of our banjo competition for young players 18 and under. Again this year, there will be two divisions and two sets of finalists…for bluegrass/Scruggs-style players and for clawhammer/frailing-style players.

After a preliminary round of YouTube video entries, three finalists will be selected in each division by a distinguished panel of judges, including former Country Gentlemen banjo man James Bailey, young clawhammer innovator Victor Furtado, and RVA's Richard Ward, an alumnus of the Heights of Grass and East of Monroe. And we're pleased to have a special guest judge joining us this year, Jim Hurst.  Jim will be at the Festival with the Claire Lynch Band and is better known as a gifted guitarist, but plays solid banjo as well.  Finalists will compete live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 13th, 2018.  Winners in each division will receive a handsome crystal trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1,000 cash prize. Runners up receive $600 with $400 for third place.

The Details

Preliminary entries will be by means of single video submitted to show the contestant actually playing, making sure that his or her face is visible. More than one tune may be submitted but the total length of entry can be no longer than four (4) minutes. Videos may be simple phone quality, professionally done, or anything in between, but the quality of the videos themselves will not impact the judging as long as the player’s level of proficiency is clear. Entrants may include accompanists at their discretion but the focus should be on the player’s banjo ability. All videos must be uploaded to YouTube so that a link can by copied and pasted to the contestant’s entry form. Entrants should only submit public domain tunes, original compositions, or songs to which she or he has permission from the song owner to record on video and post to YouTube. Entrants grant JAMinc, its agents, and affiliate the right to use any video posted by Guardian (defined below) for purposes of administering this contest and promotion thereof. All contest submissions must be received by Saturday, September 29th at 5pm Eastern time.

Contest submissions must be posted to www.richmondfolkfestival.org/banjo by a parent or guardian of the entrant (a “Guardian”), under such Guardian’s consent for JAMinc, its agents, and affiliates to use entrant’s name, likeness, image, voice, and video, in order to be considered as a valid contest entry. Players are limited to ONE submission, any submissions beyond that will not be taken into consideration.  The video must be in the horizontal (landscape) format and at least part of it must be wide enough to show the contestant’s face.  First place winners of our past Scott Street Five String Finals are ineligible to enter. 

JAMinc/Richmond Folk Festival reserve the right to take down any inappropriate content and or additional entries.