Fiddle Pie Award
The Fiddle Pie Award began in 2016 as a way to recognize and honor someone in our community for their significant contribution to continuing the tradition of old time music.
2018 Fiddle Pie Recipient
Congratulations Charmaine Slaven, recipient of the 2018 Fiddle Pie Award! The award recognizes important tradition bearers in our community. Charmaine is a dedicated event organizer, musician, dancer, caller, and mentor to so many of us. She was busy growing the next generation of flat footers so she was unable to accept the award in person at the festival. But lots of love went out to Charmaine and Charlie during the entire event!!!
2017 Fiddle Pie Recipient
This year's Fiddle Pie Award goes to John Flory! John is a stalwart supporter and nurturer of the old time music community. John has always been incredibly generous and committed to the Olympia Old Time Community, and has been instrumental in helping the Oly Old Time Festival be successful. You're always welcome at his camp for a jam or a sip of medicinal spirits. He’s a master craftsman who builds beautiful and sought-after banjos. His tune learning sessions have introduced scores of people to new repertoire and his corn feed has become an important annual tradition for many of us. He's always ready to lend a hand, without fail, and steps in wherever needed. His love of community is palpable and contagious. He has a heart of gold, and "Olyville" would not be the same without him. Thanks for all you do John!
2016 Fiddle Pie Recipient
The Oly Old Time Festival is thrilled to present the first annual Fiddle Pie Award to local fiddler and music teacher, Anthea Lawrence. Anthea has a huge role in sustaining and growing our beautiful, energetic, and inspiring music community. She’s taught scores of adults as well as kids (multiple generations!) and has given much of her time and energy to creating opportunities for jamming, recitals, as well as participation in workshops and special events like the "All Volunteer Stringband". Her influence has led people to participate in The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Wintergrass, Valley of the Moon, the Whidbey Island workshop, and many other life-changing experiences. She's helped produce CDs, provides performance feedback and sits in with bands when that kind of support is needed. She is a truly unique teacher: one who can meet any student where they are, and inspire them to reach further. Whether teaching a simple melody to a beginner, to exploring the world of harmonies and adventurous improvisation, (all the while infusing her lessons with solid music theory) Anthea brings a special knack for building relationships between her students, the music, and herself. It's a beautiful thing! We are grateful to Anthea for being an inspirational and skilled tradition bearer in our community!