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

December Echoes

I left Gaspé on January 5th to return to St. John’s, Newfoundland for another semester of school. On the first day of the drive back, I was definitely feeling a little sad to leave the community and my quiet camp with its wood stove and gorgeous view of Gaspé Bay. But I was also looking forward … More December Echoes

Christmas Time’s A Comin’: Gaspesian Sounds From Last Weekend (Nov 28-29)

The past weekend was a busy and festive time around Gaspé and seemed to mark an unofficial start of the holiday season with a full-schedule of Christmas parties and community events. On Saturday, there was a dinner at the Mason’s Lodge, a nighttime concert by Nash Stanley at the Legion, and a carol singing in Cap-aux-Os. … More Christmas Time’s A Comin’: Gaspesian Sounds From Last Weekend (Nov 28-29)