2020 Event Dates – September 25 – 27

2019 – Recap

Maryland State Flatpicking Guitar Championship Berlin Fiddlers Convention Berlin, MD

Well folks that’s a wrap for the 27th Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention.  What a beautiful weekend filled with great music, weather, and family fun!  If you have any pictures, videos, or feedback, please feel free to share it on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BerlinFiddlersConvention)!  And stay tuned because we will be sharing our favorite memories of the weekend, as well.
We want to give a huge thanks to our sponsors – without which we would not be able to offer such a fun, FREE event: The Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Town of Berlin, MD, PNC Bank, Bank of Ocean City, Taylor Bank, I.G. Burton, DoubleTree Hilton, Ocean City, MD, Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Eastman Strings, Beach Music, The Guitar Man, Brian Robertson Designs, Alyssa Maloof Photography, Fins Alehouse, Burley Oak Brewing Co., Gilbert’s Provisions, Island Creamery, Victorian Charm, Church Mouse Thrift Shop, Bruder Hill & Bruder Home, Bayside Gazette, Delmarva Public Radio, WBOC TV16, WMDT TV47, Delmarva CW3.
Most importantly, we want to give the biggest thanks to all of our contestants, performers, and of course to all the folks that joined us in the streets to enjoy this great event. 

27th Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention Finalists!

Maryland State Flatpicking Guitar Championship

1. Wes Parks, Bloxom, VA
2. Sean Loomis, West Ocean City, MD
3. Seth Lauer, Laurel, MD

Youth Guitar
1.Maxwell Brown, Wilmington, DE
2. Taylor Parks, Bloxom, VA
3.Seth Lauer, Laurel, MD
Honorable Mention – Kayla Brady, Ocean City, MD

1. Darin Engh, West Ocean City, MD
2. Maxwell Brown, Wilmington, DE
Youth Mandolin
1. Maxwell Brown, Wilmington, DE

1. Cole Moran (harmonica), Ocean City, MD
2. Rob Wheeler (harmonica), Fayetteville, PA
Youth Miscellaneous/Open
1. Elijah Cockey (cello), Tyaskin, MD

1. Wes Parks, Bloxom, VA
2. Mike Hanson, Forest Hills, MD
3. Taylor Parks, Bloxom, VA

1. Jon Simmons, Greensboro, MD
2. Maxwell Brown, Wilmington, DE
3. Gabrielle Poole, Glen Mills, PA
Youth Fiddle
1. Maxwell Brown, Wilmington, DE
2. Isabel Cockey, Tyaskin, MD
3. Maren Boblitz, Edmond, WV

1. Parks and Simmons, Berlin, MD
Youth Band
1. The Folk Villians, Tyaskin, MD
2. Dixie Bell Daisies, Berlin, MD

Three days of FREE, Live, Bluegrass Music!!! Bluegrass musicians from across the country vie for thousands in cash prizes in Adult and Youth Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin and Bluegrass Band competitions. Open to all.

Please review the complete contest rules by clicking Here
Check out our Previous Winners & Events Here


Hailing from the mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from Old-Time, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and Swing music to create their own brand of high energy, Appalachian Bluegrass. Gary Antol (guitar/vocals) and Libby Eddy (fiddle/vocals) founded the band in 2014 with a very simple goal: write good songs, honor the music, and take it to the road. In the time since, JFS has appeared at festivals and clubs all across the country. “The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers are a daring and talented young bunch, and I can only hope that they manage to reach out and unite the bluegrass and old-time communities as easily as their music does.” -Bluegrass Unlimited


Growing up in the heart of North Carolina, Robert Mabe was surrounded by many of bluegrass music’s great performers. He began playing banjo at age 12 and quickly gravitated to all things bluegrass. Building his foundation on the styles of Earl Scruggs and a young Bela Fleck, Robert began to dig deeper into the banjo’s place in other genres such as jazz, blues, and bluegrass’ primary predecessor, Irish music. Not only was this his love of the banjo but also his love of the music itself – finding the progression while also finding the roots. Over the years Robert has performed thousands of shows across the USA and Canada – from honkey tonk roadhouses to large-bill festivals to New York City’s Carnegie Hall… and everywhere in between. His latest release entitled “Somewhere in the Middle” features stand out performances from an all-star lineup including guitar master Clay Jones, fiddle virtuoso (and long-time BFC alumn) Patrick McAvinue, and mandolin journey-man Jack Dunlap. “Somewhere in the Middle” also caught the attention of trade publications, Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Unlimited, who both published high praise of the project. Robert will be joined by Virginia-based fiddler, Ben Walters. After graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Ben moved to New Orleans and for several years immersed himself in the music and culture of the Big Easy. He is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, music instructor, and guitar builder. For their performance at this year’s Berlin Fiddlers Convention, Robert and Ben will focus on illustrating the Irish roots of bluegrass and old time music. This will be very fun and even educational! Please visit www.RobertsBanjo.com for more info!

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