July 8, 1989 |
At the age of 6, Gabe Whitcher clambered up on a chair to play a sprightly fiddle version of an old Texas swing tune, "Take Me Back to Texas--I'm Too Young to Marry," and won third place in the 1986 Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest intermediate category. He was already a contest veteran, having won first place in the beginners' category when he was 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 |
In Southern California, a region that values the new and takes pride in being a trendsetter, traditions are sometimes hard to come by. But the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest qualifies. In 40 years, it has survived six governors and eight presidents, not to mention wars, earthquakes, rock music, rap, recessions and the wrath of county bureaucrats. The family-oriented music event has never missed a beat. Even the weekend after the L.A. riots in 1992, the event went on as scheduled.