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

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)

Preserving Gaspesian Musical Heritage and Leo’s First Tape (1958)

Today marks a milestone in my time as a researcher and community music advocate in the Gaspé. Over a year ago in August 2015, I approached Leo Fitzpatrick of Gaspé Harbour to express my interest in working with his massive collection of home recordings (over 440 tapes) that he made between 1958 and 2000. I … More Preserving Gaspesian Musical Heritage and Leo’s First Tape (1958)

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

How To Chord For Fiddlers – With Brigid Drody

One of the aims of this project is to provide aspiring musicians in the community with resources to develop their playing or singing. There’s a lot of practical knowledge about playing music among the wider Gaspesian community at home and away. The archives can, in a small way, help convey this know-how. In a region … More How To Chord For Fiddlers – With Brigid Drody

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