Dear readers, Our trio, The Douglastown Project (Glenn Patterson, Laura Risk, Brian Morris), is playing an hour-long free show and discussion at the Benny Library in Montreal's NDG neighbourhood on June 5th. If you or family live around Montreal and would enjoy hearing some of the old fiddle music that used to be played around … Continue reading The Douglastown Project at Benny Library – June 5, 2019
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.
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 … Continue reading What’s in our archives? The GCSA Performer Index