SMITHVILLE, TN — Noah Goebel, from Elkton, KY and 2022 Grand Champion Fiddler of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree, performs at the Ryman Auditorium
13-year-old Noah Goebel, Grand Champion Fiddler at the 51st Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival performed Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
The Elkton, Kentucky resident, who also won the Junior Fiddling contest here, beat out the Senior Fiddling Champion Heather Brown Currie of Springfield, TN in the showdown for the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award. Currie claimed the Grand Champion Fiddling Title in 1999 and 2001.
As the 2022 Grand Fiddle Off Champion, Goebel played both shows- 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm on Saturday – a ‘fiddle tune’ for the Opry square dancers LIVE performance. Darrin Vincent suggested this date to Dan Rogers, VP at the Ryman Auditorium. It was Bluegrass Night with Vincent & Dailey also performing. Noah also played with Dailey & Vincent.
“Noah is one very impressive young man. He is exceptionally talented, and the Jamboree Committee is so proud that he is representing us at the Ryman – The Mother Church of Country Music,” said Jamboree President Kim Luton.
In 2021, Goebel competed as a child in the James G. “Bobo” Driver Fiddlers Jamboree’s National Championship for Country Musician Beginners and won the Beginners Fiddling Title.
Noah stated, “I’m honored to be playing the Opry at the Ryman this weekend. I am so grateful for the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree, Darrin Vincent, Dan Rogers and all who made this possible.”