All posts tagged “Ward Allen

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Ward Allen on fiddle

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

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27th Street Time Travel

Yes friends, we’re going to do a little time travel. I shot a video of my time machine in action. People of my generation are going to say, aw c’mon, that’s just a record player, but in fact it’s a time machine. Today I’m taking… Read More

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Happy Canada Day

Let’s celebrate Canada Day by listening to a selection of Canadian folk music. I’d like to start with a tune I’ve posted before (not this again, I’m sure you’re thinking). It’s Ward Allen from the Ottawa Valley performing his masterpiece, Maple Sugar. Don’t worry, just… Read More

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Buck Fever Rag

I know it was only the other day I posted some fiddle music, but I’ve been revisiting some old time Canadian fiddle music on the YouTube machine, and if you don’t mind I’m going to share a little bit more with you tonight. I think… Read More

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Maple Leaf Two-Step

The Maple Leaf Two-Step, from 1953, was Ottawa Valley fiddle great Ward Allen’s first recording, a 78 rpm record on Alvina. I started learning this one on triple row button accordion in between trick-or-treaters tonight, based on a score I stumbled upon on a fiddle… Read More

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A Song for Canada Day

I’ve posted this tune before, maybe even several times. Why? Because it stops me in my tracks every time, and before he’s done Mr. Allen has my eyes welling up.  Turn it up loud. Here’s Ward Allen performing his masterpiece, Maple Sugar.

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Log Driver

I used to have a recording, on an old cassette tape, of Mac Beattie singing his Log Driver’s Song (not to be confused with the Wade Hemsworth tune Log Driver’s Waltz). While I was busy concentrating on something apparently more important, the melody popped into… Read More

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Maple Sugar

What an amazingly beautiful day today. And as a bonus, I enjoyed lunch with a dear friend I hadn’t seen in ages. I think for the Daily Dose today it’s time to celebrate spring and what better way to do it than listen to my… Read More