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Sawyer Corcoran: 11 years old with a thing for strings

Jeff Sawyer, Sawyer Corcoran and Katie Carter

"When we go to the bluegrass festivals, there's... jam rooms you can just go into... I kind of love just going into a group of people playing music and having no idea what they're playing and then just trying to play with them...It either works out or it doesn't... I just love the vibe and all that..." - Sawyer Corcoran, 11.

Sawyer Corcoran from Puposky is a kid who is fueled by music.  He's been playing violin since the age of 4 and the mandolin came shortly thereafter.  In a number of local bands, Sawyer is as comfortable sitting in on jams with kids his own age as he is with folks decades older than him.  And he can hold his own, no matter the skill level of  those he sits in with. 

He recently won the Junior Division of the MN State Fair Fiddle Contest.  He also took home 4th place in the Waltz competition and 2nd place in the Fe-Fi-Fo competition - both of those competitions have no age categories - everyone competes against each other no matter their age.  Earlier this month, Sawyer took home first prize in the Junior-Junior Division of the MN Old Time Fiddle Contest in Mountain Iron.  He stopped by the morning show to chat about his passion. 

Sawyer will be playing with Known Only Locally at the final concert of Bemidji's Mississippi Music Concert Series near Paul and Babe at 6pm tonight. 

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.