The Gaspé Project: Folk-Rock From the Gaspé Coast

Following a recent SPEC article by Wendy Dawson about our archives, I was contacted by one of their other regular journalists, Thierry Haroun, who was curious if we would be interested in his recent musical project called, appropriately, “The Gaspé Project.” Last Thursday, I interviewed Thierry over the phone about this project which includes nineteen original … More The Gaspé Project: Folk-Rock From the Gaspé Coast

The Gaspé Reel

It’s a rainy day today here in Gaspé so I put a fire on here and decided to listen to a reel of tape that Brian Morris loaned me last spring. It features a dub of a great out-of-print vinyl of acoustic fingerstyle guitar music on side A; then, fifteen minutes into side B (which … More The Gaspé Reel

Uncle Norman’s Folly – A Keith Chicoyne Original Song

While much of Gaspé’s population is in the woods this week moose hunting, I spent this rainy Tuesday catching up on tapes I’d been meaning to transfer to the computer for awhile. Several Barachois residents have recently loaned me tapes of the late Keith Chicoyne who passed away last December and I decided to spend the … More Uncle Norman’s Folly – A Keith Chicoyne Original Song

Old Songs From MaryEllen

Here’s a lovely recording that I digitized last year from one of Joseph Drody’s tapes, labelled simply, “Old Songs From MaryEllen.” It features Joseph’s sister MaryEllen Drody-Savidant singing a selection of of old folk, country, and sentimental songs as well as picking a few lively fiddle tunes on the mandolin. MaryEllen is joined by her daughter Debbie … More Old Songs From MaryEllen

What’s in our archives? The GCSA Performer Index

On several occasions Leo Fitzpatrick has told me that through the years, when he would meet nephews, nieces and other relatives of people he had recorded and mention that he had a recording of their family member, they were often unaware that their relatives even sang or played music. Part of my job is to … More What’s in our archives? The GCSA Performer Index