Finalists announced for Scott Street Five String Finals

streetThe finalists have been announced for this weekend’s Scott Street Five String Finals in Richmond, VA. This invitational event is being held for the second time this year to honor the finest young five string banjoists in the country, and the memory of Scott Street, who dedicated so much of his life to encouraging and advancing banjo playing among young people.

Three finalists have been invited in both bluegrass and clawhammer categories, based on YouTube submissions. They will perform for the judges on Saturday afternoon (10/8) with a trophy awarded to the winners, along with a $1,000 cash prize. Second place finishers will receive $600, and $400 for third.

And the finalists are…


  • Taylor Parks, Parksley VA
  • Logan Redding, Pickens SC
  • Johnny White, Richmond VA


  • Alanna Brewer, Mountain View AK
  • Uma Peters, Nashville TN
  • Madison Shepherd, West Jefferson NC

Best of luck to all the contestants, and let’s hope that Richmond is spared the effects of Hurricane Matthew so that the competition can go on as scheduled.

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