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Guest of Honor

Tammy Ann Murray

A long time Gainesville resident, Tammy Murray is a much heralded old time musician and teacher. Her awards are too numerous to list, but she won the banjo contest at the revered Mount Airy Fiddlers convention (1987) and was the first woman and first Floridian to win the National Old Time Banjo Contest (1991) at Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

She has won a variety of 1st place ribbons here at F.O.T.M.C. She was directly responsible for the rule which states that previous winners of the prestigious Ed Flemming award are ineligible to receive it again. This award recognizes musical excellence, but more importantly, one who most exemplifies the spirit of old time music. The new rule was instituted after the judges awarded Tammy the first two Flemming awards (1987 & 1988).

Tammy Murray is also recognized as an excellent teacher. She has taught at many workshops and music camps, from the Augusta Heritage Center in the West Virginia Mountains to the Florida Folk Festival on the banks of the Suwannee River.

Tammy will be accompanied by her friend and musical cohort Dave Fontana. Dave lives in Astor, Florida.