Allen was the winner of Winfield a few years ago and it was our first time in recent history providing a prize guitar as a choice for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Allen choose our guitar and we could not be more proud. Thanks Allen for your support over the years and hope to see you again soon!
Allen Shadd is a three-time National Flatpicking champion, as well as a past winner of the Merlefest
guitar competition, Rocky Grass, the Wayne Henderson guitar competition, and many more. He has taught at a number of prestigious music camps including Steve Kaufman’s Kamps, The Alabama Folk School, and the Swannanoa Gathering. He has performed or recorded with
artists that has included Tom T. Hall, Claire Lynch, Jimmy Fortune, Norman Blake, Mark Johnson, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, John Cowan, and many more.He also
performed as a member of the Charlotte based WBT Briarhoppers from 2019- 2021 including their induction ceremony into the NC Music Hall of Fame in 2020.In 2021-2022 he performed as a duo with Kristen Holloway. Allen grew up in Florida and lived there for over 40 years before moving to the Carolinas where he has resided since 2005.