Adam LeBlanc is a young fiddler and step dancer from Memramcook, New Brunswick. He started playing fiddle at 10 years of age and took lessons from Jocelyne Bourque, Christine Cormier and Samantha Robichaud. He has also been step dancing since he was 10 and has won numerous awards
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Jam Pointe A Tom N.B: David Greely, Roland Robichaud, Gilles Losier, Sébastien Leblanc fiddles and Charlie Roby guitar.
Guy-Paul Larocque from Lamèque, New Brunswick, winner of the Maritime Old Time Fiddle contest in Dartmouth in 1993. Then 21 years later his wins the same contest again in the age 19 to 59 division!
See both videos below:
Amazing interview with Corporal Guy-Paul Larocque of the Gendarmerie Royale du Canada at Radio Canada (RCMP-Royal Canadian Mounted Police) following the deaths of three of his colleagues during a shooting in Moncton. At the regimental funeral, he played three fiddle pieces including one of his own compositions. Click on the link below to hear the interview (in French). At the beginning of the interview, he plays Ashoken Farewell and at the end Amazing Grace.
André à Toto Savoie is a fiddler from Shippagan who gained fame and notoriety from his appearance in the 1972 film by André Gladu called "Reel du Pendu". He still lives in a small housing unit in Shippagan and still plays for concerts, festivals and dances. When asked where he got the moniker "Toto" he told the story that his father would help out the grandfather who was a carpenter. When the grandfather asked for a hammer, André's dad as a little kid would run to fetch it and cry out "toto, toto, toto" which was his way of saying the french word for hammer: "marteau". Since there are many families with the same last names in Acadie, the father is often given a nickname and the son is always associated with the father with the word "à" which means "of". It's much like the O'Leary's and MacLeans of Irish and Scottish families.
André graciously allowed us to make a video of his playing during our visit:
One of the most popular of André's tune is simply called "Reel à Toto" and has been performed by many great fiddlers, including André Brunet who plays the tune in the video below. One of the reasons for our visit to André Savoie in Shippagan was find out from him if the tune had a real name, and sure enough he called it "Reel à Belzebuth" and he got it from his father. So here is "Reel à Belzebuth" aka "Reel à Toto" played by André Brunet.
Another tune that we wanted to track down was "Reel du Coqueron". We first heard the tune on a field recording that Robert Richard found for us in the archives of the Unversity of Moncton. It was recorded at a festival in Shippagan that André Savoie attended every year and he gave the name "Coqueron" to the festival and the tune. We tried to find out what the word "coqueron" meant but came up empty each time. Finally, André told us that in the early days, the festival was held right next to the "cook room".
Eloi LeBlanc was born in College Bridge, New Brunswick on November 26, 1909, died June 21, 1978 in Beaumont and was buried in Pré d’en Haut. He started playing fiddle at an early age, inspired by his fiddling maternal grandfather and uncle. Throughout his lifetime played for local dances and weddings, getting the nickname “The Fiddler of Memramcook Valley”. He had a phenomenal memory for tunes as well as a great knack for composition. Many of his tunes live on thanks to other fiddlers such as Den Messer who made them even more popular. He performed with Bob White’s Moncton Ploughboys, then on the Maritime Farmer’s radio show, and finally joined up with Kidd Baker and the Pine Ridge Mountain Boys in Ontario. He stayed with this band for 12 years and spent the final years of his life living with his sister Laura who was also his piano accompanist. Eloi recorded only one record album, “Eloi and his Fiddle” (Eloi et son Violon) on Les Productions Acadiennes LPA-1001-1977. Some of his tunes include: Le Reel de l’Hiver, Anne Marie Reel, Reel des Maritime Farmers, Narcisse à John (named after his maternal grandfather), and Eric à Théotime à Six Pouces (named after his uncle).
We found this great field recording of Eloi Leblanc playing "Mack à John" thanks to Robert Richard, the archivist at the Centre D'Etudes Acadiennes Anselme Chiasson at the University of Moncton. Towards the end of the recording, Eloi explains that he got the tune from Mack, John's son and John was his great grandfather ("le père à mon grand père). Many of his tunes are named after family members. He also calls this tune a "double temps" a double time or in other words a jig (6/8 time).
Here's the link to Robin LeBlanc's new CD: "SUR L'AN PREMIER pour danser". Lots of great "tounes" from the old French Acadian fiddling tradition.
Voici le lien pour le nouveau disque compact de Robin LeBlanc avec plein de vielles "tounes" dans la tradition des violoneux Acadiens d'antan.
I took the liberty of transcribing one of the "tounes" on the CD: "Sarazine" for those who like to decipher the squigglies. Once again this is just a static rendition and needs to be reference back to original audio recording.
Robert Lavoie was born in Tracadie in 1953. He started playing at the age of 22 and played at the Historic Acadian Village for seven years. He formed and led a band called Monvertou and has composed tunes such as Yellow Glove, Reel Benoit and Uncle Ernest's Jig.
Reel à Nazaire
Gilles Losier, born June 12th 1936 at Rivière à la Truite in the region of Tracadie-Sheila. He was from a family of 13 children. He plays violin, piano, organ, and electric and acoustic bass, as well as composers tunes and is one of Canada's finest piano tuners and accompanists. He was Jean Carignan's piano accompanist and arranger for 20 years, as well as the resident piano tuner for Place des Arts in Montréal. He has toured extensively and played worked with The Chieftains, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain, Graham Townsend, Alasdair Fraser, Philippe Bruneau, Denis Pépin, Edith Butler, Angèle Arsenault, and the list goes on. Gilles is now retired and living back in New Brunswick.
"Salut, Belle Acadie" - Gilles Losier, Amical AMI 2001 L.P. (1984)The First Time in 40 Years - Eddie Poirier and Gilles Losier - Piano arrangements
A Summer’s Night, Gilles Losier with Montreal - Stormy Forest - Piano, acoustic bass, arrangements
Jean Carignan - Philo FI 2001 - Piano, arrangements
Ti-Jean Carignan, Gigue à Deux - Tout Crin/CBC - Piano, arrangements
Hommage à Joseph Allard, Jean Carignan - Philo FI 2012 - Piano, arrangements
Jean Carignan Plays Coleman, Morrison and Skinner - Philo FI 2018 - Piano, arrangements
Jean Carignan et l’Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens - McGill University Records - Piano, arrangements
Ti-Jean Carignan, Archives - Tout Crin/Canadian Museum of Civilization - Piano, arrangements
Soirée Québecoise Vol. 2 - Promoson JPA-7503 - Piano, arrangements
La Veillée des Veillées w/ Jean Carignan, Yves Verret and John Wright - Kebec Disc - Vocals, solo violin
Hommage à Madame Bolduc, Jean d’Arc Charlebois & Carignan - Philo 2021 - Piano, arrangements
Ti-Jean Carignan/Ginni Grant/Fiddey & Millar - CBC LM438 - Piano, arrangements
Ti-Jean Carignan - Le Violoneux - Jade ADS-8618 - Piano, arrangements, mixing
Seamus Connolly, Here and There - Green Linnet GLCD 1098 - Piano arrangments
Paul Gosselin, Hommage à Jean Carignan - Piano, arrangements
Boys of the Lough, The Piper’s Broken Finger - Philo 1042 - Piano
Down East, Out West Traditional Fiddling, Frank Ferrel - Voyageur Production- Piano, arrangements,
Philippe Bruneau, accordion - Philo 2003 - Acoustic bass
Danses pour les Veillées Canadiennes, Philippe Bruneau - Philo 2006 - Acoustic bass
Denis Côté à son Meilleur - Totem Records - Acoustic bass
Folklore Authentique, D. Côté - Totem records - Acoustic bass
Dancer with Bruised Knees, Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Warner Bros. - Violin
Entre la Jeunesse et la Sagesse . Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Warner Bros. - Violin
Love Over and Over. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Warner Bros. - Violin
Matapedia. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Rykodisc - Violin
Chris Rawlings - Cooking Fat Music - Piano, violin, bass
Soupe de Jour, Chris Rawlings - Radio Canada Int’l Transcription RCI 460 - Piano, violin, bass
Pearl River Turnaround, Chris Rawlings - Cooking Fat Music - Piano, violin, bass
Le Temps est ma seule Fortune, Jean custeau - Tison - Compositions, violin, bass, arrangements
Sutherland, Gordon & Bird - SGB Productions - Violin, Piano
La Belle et la Bête, Christiane Robichaud - Productions Arabesque & Endel Corp. - Violin
Maxime Le Forestier No. 5 - Polydor - Violin
Tom Kelly Sings Wayne Pronger - RCI 494 - Violin, piano
Huxtable, Christenson & Hood - Philo & Front Hall - Violin, acoustic bass
Celtic Magic - Green Linnet/Rounder - piano
Vermont Sampler - VPAL 103 - Arrangements, piano, violin
Tradition Today - VPAL 104 - Arrangements, piano, violin
Festival Albums: Fox Hollow 1972 Volume VII; 1975 Mariposa Folk Festival; Festival Memoires et Racines 1999 Volume 2; Festival International des Arts Traditionnels de Quebec SCOR-5 2004
Recordings with other artists: Angèle Arsenault; Alan Mills; Johnny Moring; Les Frères Hachey; Michel Murty and many others