Gaspé Fiddle @ 10 years – Sat Aug 8, 2020, 1-4 pm

10 years ago, myself and several other musicians, researchers, and community members began working to document, archive, and share the traditional fiddle music of Gaspé Bay. There have been countless initiatives that have resulted from our work, both collaboratively and individually. There have been blogs (this one and; a CD project (Douglastown: Music and … Continue reading Gaspé Fiddle @ 10 years – Sat Aug 8, 2020, 1-4 pm

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.