NW Regional Fiddle Contest

*Contest Postponed* Normal April date will be announced soon!

2021 Judges

Kelly Buckley

Born and raised in Spokane, WA, Kelly Buckley’s interest in music began 1986 with the piano, taking up the fiddle shortly after at age 10. Since then, Kelly has won numerous contests at the local, state, and regional level and placed as high as 8th at the national level (Young Adult Division). Kelly is a five-time Washington State Young Adult Fiddle Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005) as well as a 3-time Northwest Regional Young Adult Fiddle Champion (2000, 2002, 2003) and has served as a judge at many contests including the Northwest Regional Fiddlers Contest, the prestigious National Old-Time Fiddlers Contest (Weiser, ID), and many smaller local contests. Little did she know, this is where she would meet, and compete against, her future husband, Taylor Buckley!
Kelly, Taylor, and their two daughters (Maggie & Abby) relocated to Missoula, MT, in August 2015. In addition to music, Taylor & Kelly enjoy hiking, golfing, camping, fishing, skiing & spending time with family & friends.

Dan Stewart

Dan Stewart has been fiddling for more than 35 years. Over the years, he has won a few local and regional contests, but more recently, he has grown to enjoy judging. He has judged the National Old Time Fiddler’s contest four times and many other Weiser-certified contests in the Northwest, as well. In addition to playing and judging, Dan has digitized old jam cassettes in order to preserve and share Texas-style fiddle music (these can be downloaded at: https://texasfiddle.blogspot.com). By day, Dan is a mild-mannered Professor of Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University and business owner/partner at Dardan Enterprises.