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    Default 2017 Winfield mandolin winners

    3rd place.... Holton Doucette

    2nd place...Solly Burton


    1st place ...Isaac Eicher

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    Congratulations Isaac!

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    Isaac's dad told me that he (IE) was in the middle of recording a CD in Nashville.

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    Did he pick the Ellis for his prize?
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    Yes, he picked the Ellis.

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    Wise choice. It looks like he plays a Heiden F5. It'll make a nice pair.
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    Are there any public recordings of the winning performances, or is that disallowed or something? I couldn't find anything on YouTube. Just curious what these guys sounded like.

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    Not his performance at Winfield but you can see how he could win.

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    A great study in right hand technique (and left hand ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    Not his performance at Winfield but you can see how he could win.

    Thanks for that link, Don.

    Yeah he seems to know his way around that mandolin pretty good alright, nice pickin'.

    I don't recognize the tune though, the video says it's "Dinah", but it's not the regular fiddle-tune Dinah I know. I can't tell if he's reinterpreted it somehow, or if it's an entirely different tune. Anyway, nice playing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool View Post
    A great study in right hand technique (and left hand ).
    Yup, I agree. I like his precision and yet at the same time how relaxed and efficient (no wasted motion) that his playing is. Nice balance.

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    This was one of the toughest Mando contests I've seen at Winfield. The first round was packed with great players, and honestly, any of them could have made the cut. Isaac played terrific on a couple of Brazilian tunes in the final round, and earned a well-deserved win.

    I got to back up my good friend Solly Burton, who swung his way to second place with "Take me out to the ballgame." If you haven't heard Solly play, you should! I think he's one of the best swing mandolin players in the country.

    I only heard Holton warming up backstage, and knew he was a ton.

    They don't allow videotaping during the contests, so this is one of those festivals you really just have to experience for yourself! It's a unique event. The contests are a very small part of the festival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackofblack View Post
    This was one of the toughest Mando contests I've seen at Winfield. The first round was packed with great players, and honestly, any of them could have made the cut. Isaac played terrific on a couple of Brazilian tunes in the final round, and earned a well-deserved win.

    I got to back up my good friend Solly Burton, who swung his way to second place with "Take me out to the ballgame." If you haven't heard Solly play, you should! I think he's one of the best swing mandolin players in the country.
    Do they have rules about professionals competing, or former winners? Is it a free-for-all? Could Thile show up every year and win the top prize? Just wondering. I've never been there.
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    Does anyone know who the other two finalists were?
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    The very first mandolin workshop I attended was put on by Isaac Eicher before Mischievous Swing played a show at a local venue. I was the only attendee, so it was basically a private lesson. He was playing the Ellis that he had won at Winfield before.
    What a mandolinist! Impressive!
    Very nice young man too, as is Solly Burton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teak View Post
    Do they have rules about professionals competing, or former winners? Is it a free-for-all? Could Thile show up every year and win the top prize? Just wondering. I've never been there.
    Good question. The only rule is if you win, you have to sit out 5 years. Isaac won in '06, and is a working professional musician. Solly won in '11. Pete Huttlinger won 2nd place a few years ago in guitar. So yes, Thile could technically show up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackofblack View Post
    Good question. The only rule is if you win, you have to sit out 5 years. Isaac won in '06, and is a working professional musician. Solly won in '11. Pete Huttlinger won 2nd place a few years ago in guitar. So yes, Thile could technically show up.
    Okay. So pros can compete but there are rules. Thanks for the info.

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    Chris Thile actually won the Mandolin competition in 1993.

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    3 Texas boys in the top 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL277z View Post
    I don't recognize the tune though, the video says it's "Dinah", but it's not the regular fiddle-tune Dinah I know. I can't tell if he's reinterpreted it somehow, or if it's an entirely different tune. Anyway, nice playing.
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    Its the swing tune Dinah played by Django Benny Goodman etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Glassman View Post
    Its the swing tune Dinah played by Django Benny Goodman etc.
    Thanks Joel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teak View Post
    Could Thile show up every year and win the top prize? Just wondering.
    IMHO, Thile has bigger fish to fry. And, as great as he is, there is no guarantee he would win. Even Muhammad Ali was defeated 5 times. It is best to have the Winfield win on his resume and leave it at that.

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    Maybe Thile will return for his 30 year reunion

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