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The Road to Fort Coulonge

Reg Hill on fiddle….

Mr. Hill was also the fiddle player for Mac Beattie and his Ottawa Valley Melodiers. I really enjoy listening to his recordings.

By the way, this is another tune recorded when I was 4 years old in 1964.

Several years ago now, I suggested to Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee a stamp series celebrating Canadian fiddlers past and present (anyone can make these suggestions). I imagined stamps honouring the likes of Reg Hill, along with Ward Allen, John Arcand, Patty Kusturok, Calvin Vollrath, April Verch, Don Messer and more. We have really rich fiddle traditions in Canada and several regional styles including MĂ©tis, Cape Breton, Quebecois, and Ottawa Valley Ottawa Valley. I thought and still think our fiddle history is culturally highly significant and would have made a splendid stamp series. Unfortunately there was no interest in this little dream at the time.

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