Here’s Calvin Vollrath on fiddle with Clinton Pelletier on guitar and Rhea Labrie step-dancing.
The 4-String polka. Happy Friday.
Here’s Ward Allen’s first recording, The Maple Leaf Two Step. Ward Allen lived a short life, from 1924 to 1965 but made quite a mark on Canadian fiddle music. He won many contests including the Canadian Open Fiddlers’ contest. His most enduring composition, Maple Sugar,… Read More
When I was down in Virginia I heard a lot of fiddle music and it has inspired me to listen to more and more, work on my own beginner-level fiddling and of course learn more fiddle tunes on banjo too. Recently I’ve posted some songs… Read More
As we get closer to Canada Day I’d like to share a YouTube video featuring another of my fave Canadian fiddlers – Calvin Vollrath. Here’s Maurice Billette’s Reel. Clinton Pelletier is on guitar and Mr. Vollrath’s wife Rhea Labrie is step-dancing. Calvin Vollrath has been… Read More
We’re just a few days away from Canada Day 150 so let’s celebrate by featuring one of our great fiddlers, the late Reg Hill. I could listen to that one all day. Here’s another of his compositions, The Madawaska River Breakdown… For 25 years, Reg… Read More
I’ve begun my first tentative steps learning to play fiddle. I’m reminding myself that my first days on button accordion were a struggle, figuring out to to manage air and cope with learning two sets of fingering, one for pushing and the other for pulling.… Read More
Sixty plus years ago, when my brother Joe (who I often refer to on this blog as my brother the trout, Salvelinus fontinalis) was a young boy and years before I was born, our grandpa – that’s our dad’s dad – gave my brother a… Read More