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

GCSA at the Barachois Farmers’ Market (and the Barachois Wellness Centre CD Sampler)

This morning Cheryl Henry-Leggo (Executive Director of Vision Gaspé-Percé) and I headed down to the market put on by the Barachois and Area Development Committee outside the Rec Centre to share the recordings we have archived and information about our project and Vision’s other activities. There were about a dozen stalls featuring crafts, baked goods, … More GCSA at the Barachois Farmers’ Market (and the Barachois Wellness Centre CD Sampler)

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

Erskine and Brian Morris – 1985 Cambridge Tape

Back in 2010, Brian Morris and I started a project documenting the fiddle music of his father, the late Erskine Morris (1913-1997) from Douglastown. Erskine’s music was my introduction to Gaspesian culture and has been my main source of musical inspiration for the past six years. Since we began working together, Brian has transferred about … More Erskine and Brian Morris – 1985 Cambridge Tape

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

Merry Christmas from the Leo Fitzpatrick fonds

In archival terminology, a “fonds” describes a collection of unique documents created by an individual or organization through their regular activities. Modern archival practice largely traces itself to post-revolutionary France and the conscious effort to safeguard the records of the new republic; the idea of an archival “fonds” has its roots here and we still … More Merry Christmas from the Leo Fitzpatrick fonds

Gaspé Wellness Centre – CD Sampler Now Available for Online Streaming

On October 7, I was invited by Vision to their monthly Wellness Centre at the Legion in Gaspé to give a presentation about our collaboration to share archival recordings with the community. I arrived with my laptop and boombox to a room of about twenty women chatting as they finished their lunch and proceeded to set up. … More Gaspé Wellness Centre – CD Sampler Now Available for Online Streaming