Sunday, December 25, 2011
Gilmore Lee grew up in northern Minnesota listening to a Canadian radio station. He got his first Sears fiddle when he was 9 and learned whatever he could off of the radio. His brother learned guitar and then they had a little duo. Gilmore became a part of the Red River Valley Fiddle Association and won trophies at many of the fiddle contests in northern Minnesota. When that association started to fade, Gilmore and others started the Minnesota State Fiddle Association in 1986. He has played in and judged hundreds of contests since then.