Adam Boyce speaks about fiddle contests. 

Fiddle contests evolved from being endurance events to playing a set number of tunes judged by certain specific criteria. Whether large or small, fiddle contests tried to show who was the “best,” as well as preserve old-time fiddling and raise money for local organizations. In recent years, the fiddle contest has declined significantly in New England due to cultural changes and financial viability. The greatest legacies of the fiddle contest are the recordings made during live competition, a sampling of which are played during the presentation, and the audience gets to experience being a judge!
Some live fiddling accompanies this lecture.

Adam Boyce is a noted fiddler in his own right and a lifelong student of history.  He has been involved with nearly every aspect of traditional New England dancing and music history, starting in 1991, when he began to learn how to dance, fiddle, play the piano and call for dances.  Adam has also been a regular on fiddle contest circuits since 1994, including being a judge, piano accompanist, as well as competitor, and has placed in nearly every New England state.