April 15, 1989: “Community Radio Awareness Day” on Radio-Gaspésie

Today, I’d like to share a lovely but somewhat unusual item from our archives, a tape I found in the late Willie Methot’s collection, courtesy of his wife Myrna. It features a 1989 broadcast on Radio-Gaspésie hosted by Chester Cotton (from the station’s former “English Hour” program), CBC Radio’s Louise Penney (now a world-renowned mystery … More April 15, 1989: “Community Radio Awareness Day” on Radio-Gaspésie

Gérard Durette at the Wakeham-York Homecoming Fiddle Contest

… perhaps the most significant phenomenon in the English-speaking community was the 10-day Wakeham-York Homecoming Festival which ran for 25 years starting in 1978. I’ll say more about the festival in future posts but for now, I want to note that it has been both interesting but also very complicated trying to write about something I never experienced myself (I began coming to Gaspé about six years after the festival folded). Still, many people talk about the festival and I want to give it its due when I write about it. I’ll return to this topic at the end of the post. … More Gérard Durette at the Wakeham-York Homecoming Fiddle Contest

The Sands Of Haldimand

Today, when there’s a freezing blizzard outside, there’s nothing like thinking about Haldimand beach on a scorching hot, humid day in early September, right? Don’t worry, seasonal music is on the way in the coming weeks! But today, I’m very pleased to share with you a bit of collaborative writing that Vicki Boyle LePage and I … More The Sands Of Haldimand

Nash Stanley and the Gaspé Twang – Live at Shigawake Music Festival

Here are three YouTube clips I recently uploaded to the archives’ YouTube channel. They feature Nash Stanley and the Gaspé Twang (Don Barclay – 2nd guitar, vocals; Glenn Patterson – fiddle) at this year’s Shigawake Agricultural Fair and Music Festival (footage courtesy of Anna Swanson). Shigawake is a special community and its festival a real … More Nash Stanley and the Gaspé Twang – Live at Shigawake Music Festival

From the ABBA Tribute at Gaspé Elementary School

In today’s post, I’m sharing a few recordings and pictures from the ABBA tribute show directed by Karen Briand at Gaspé Elementary School in June. I won’t say much about the show because, judging by the attendance, it’s not too much an exaggeration to claim that a good percentage of Gaspé’s English-speaking community was there that night. … More From the ABBA Tribute at Gaspé Elementary School

Live From Brigid’s Trailer (2013) – Brian Morris and Brigid Drody

In today’s post, I’m happy to share with you what are perhaps my favourite field recordings I’ve made to date. In late August and early September 2013, I was hanging out at the Pembroke Fiddle and Step Dance festival around the legendary blue Gaspé Tent. Towards the end of the week, Brian Morris showed up … More Live From Brigid’s Trailer (2013) – Brian Morris and Brigid Drody

Tammy Adams: Interview and Concert Recordings

Context On October 31, 2015, Tammy Adams performed at the Gaspé Legion for their annual Halloween Party. The hall was packed with costumed revellers whom Tammy kept on the dance floor all night with her voice, guitar, and laptop containing her library of mp3 backing tracks. I was amazed at Tammy’s endless energy on stage and … More Tammy Adams: Interview and Concert Recordings

Remembering Wilbert Coffin: “The Prospector’s Last Letter” Sung By Claude Rehel

Today marks the sombre 60th anniversary of Wilbert Coffin’s execution in 1956 at Bordeaux Prison in Montreal. Wilbert Coffin was a mining prospector in the Gaspé area who had served his country in the Second World War. In 1953 he was accused of killing three American hunters in the woods near Murdochville even though he … More Remembering Wilbert Coffin: “The Prospector’s Last Letter” Sung By Claude Rehel