Prairieville student hailed as state champ

Staff Report
State Fiddle Champion James Linden Hogg.

15-year-old James Linden Hogg of Prairieville was the winner of the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship held in Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State University as part of the 36th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. Joe Suchanek of Merryville was second, Hal Mayfield of Calhoun was third with Ronald Pace of Alexandria in fourth.

“I am very humbled to receive this prestigious Louisiana State Fiddle Championship award from the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, as there were many excellent fiddle players that represented Louisiana proudly,” Hogg said. “I really enjoyed playing on stage with some great fiddle players.”

Hogg won the 21 and under championship division with Mayfield in second, Leila Dasher of West Monroe in third followed by Gabriel Shelton of Winnfield, Brodie Spence of West Monroe and Jonathan Spence of West Monroe.

As the new Louisiana State Fiddle champion, Hogg also performed on the main stage in Prather Coliseum during the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. In addition to the fiddle, Hogg plays the bagpipes, banjo, penny whistle, military fife, piano, harpsichord, guitar and cello, often playing up to four hours per day. A former Louisiana National History Day Champion, history and music are his passions, and he has recently released a CD titled “The Parting Glass.”

2015 Fiddle Championship judges included fiddlers Robert “Doc” Chaney, Dennis Elliott and Ron Yule.

Support for the Festival was provided by grants from the Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc., the Louisiana Division of the Arts – Shreveport Regional Arts Council, the Louisiana Office of Tourism and, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the National Park Service and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Inc.