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

Nash Stanley – Interview and Recordings (November 8, 2015)

Here are some recordings and an interview I’ve been wanting to share for a few months. Last November, I spent an afternoon with Nash Stanley at his family’s home in York. We recorded about a dozen songs and did an interview about his music. I provided some lead guitar and fiddle on two of the … More Nash Stanley – Interview and Recordings (November 8, 2015)

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

Upcoming Music (03-20-2016): Grade 6 Trip Fundraiser, Gaspé Elementary

My friend Angie Levesque recently posted information on her Facebook page about an upcoming musical event of interest for those in the Gaspesian community. She has allowed me to share the info with you: Music, Music, Music A fundraiser for the Grade 6 year-end trip at Gaspe Elementary school will be held on March 20 … More Upcoming Music (03-20-2016): Grade 6 Trip Fundraiser, Gaspé Elementary

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

Uncle Peter’s Tune

I just shared some fine old-time Gaspesian fiddling on our sister blog (Old-Time Fiddle Music From the Gaspé Coast). It features two fine fiddlers, Erskine Morris and Kingsley Marion, both playing this captivating stepdance tune that was once perhaps in wide circulation in the area. Here is the link to the music. If you know … More Uncle Peter’s Tune