NATCHITOCHES – Twelve-year-old Tyler Carson was named Grand Champion of the 2014 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. Carson’s 9-year-old sister Julia Taylor is the 2014 Non-Championship winner. The two are West Monroe homeschooled students and are students of fiddle teacher Steve Cannon. Both have been playing since they were five years old and were accompanied on guitar by their father, Lendel Taylor.
The Fiddle Championship was a highlight of the 35th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern State University Folk Festival, held on the NSU campus last week. This year’s festival was a celebration of the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial and included music, crafts and cultural exhibits.
In the non-championship category, Julie Taylor played a waltz Cannon wrote especially for her.