Our first annual contest was held in Tony's back yard. There was great
excitement surrounding the unveiling of the very first Tony & Darin T-shirt.
The artist was none other than Tony's brother Terry. Terry Ludiker was half of
the old Joey & Terry Fiddle Contest, held six years
running during the 1980's in Spokane. Terry did all the design work for the J&T
t-shirts, making him the best choice as artist for the new and improved Tony &
Darin Fiddle Contest. (Besides this, Tony and Darin can't draw too good.) The
scheme for the first shirt was a stroke of pure genius, placing Tony and Darin
in the foreground of the shirt, with likenesses of Joey McKenzie and Terry in
the background. The old being pushed rudely into the background by the new!
(For J&T buffs, you will recognize the artwork of Joey and Terry here from
the 3rd Annual Joey & Terry Fiddle Contest t-shirt, in which they are wearing
their 1st Annual Joey & Terry Fiddle Contest t-shirts.)
Our second annual contest was held in Darin's front yard. The scheme for this
second shirt was also a stroke of pure genius. This block of text consists of the
names of famous fiddlers and accompanists of the past and present, along with a
tune that Tony and Darin associated with them. By using two colors on the block
of names and tunes, the words "Tony & Darin Fiddle Contest" are highlighted.
Our third annual contest was also held in Darin's front yard. The scheme for
the third shirt was, amazingly enough, also a stroke of pure genius. The shirt
was patterned after the ever-popular "No Fear" brand shirts.
Our fourth annual contest was again held in Darin's front yard. It's likely it
will always be held there. (And just as likely that each Tony & Darin Fiddle
Contest t-shirt idea will be a stroke of pure genius!) The shirt for the 4th
annual contest was patterned after band touring shirts and jackets sold to fans
at concerts for exhorbitant prices. In addition, the 4th Annual Tony & Darin
Fiddle Contest was to be a memorial to a student of Tony's and a great friend to
T&D, Gary "Chip" Gilliam, Jr. Chip and his father, Gary Gilliam, Sr., tragically
drowned earlier in the month (July, 1996). A special award was given out at the
contest to a young fiddler who was involved in summer baseball, a great love of
No Jigs, Schottisches, Strathspeys, Accordions, Harmonicas or Bagpipes will ever be allowed at the Tony & Darin Fiddle Contest. Trick or Fancy fiddling such as playing Bonaparte's Retreat is not recommended. If your playing causes the Judges to fall asleep or have any violent physical reaction, you will be barred from the Tony & Darin Fiddle Contest for life.
Although fiddle contests are usually non-injury associated, I realize that there
is clear and present danger of being badly injured while attending the Tony &
Darin Fiddle Contest. Therefore, I hereby release Tony & Darin from any and all
liability for illness or injury while attending the 4th Annual Tony & Darin
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