Author Archives: ryanwmccord

Stuff Smith

A fiddler I know of back home once said that people often asked him if he was into Stephane Grappelli, to which he replied “I’m more a Stuff Smith guy.” Having never heard of Stuff Smith, I promptly looked him … Continue reading

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Fiddlin’ Al Arsenault

I have no idea how I stumbled across Fiddlin’ Al Arsenault, but he’s a riot to watch perform. Aside from this old news clip, there’s also a good video of him playing the Black Mountain Rag.

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New Recording Coming Soon…

I just returned from a week in Nanton, Alberta!  After several months of preparation and anticipation, I got to spend the better part of a week working with Steve Loree at his recording studio, Crabapple Downs.  I’ve wanted to work … Continue reading

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Old Town Rambler

This past weekend was the 13th annual Old Town Ramble and Ride here in Yellowknife.  It’s a neighbourhood celebration of music and art, and of course exploring the area and checking out local businesses, most of whom are supporters and … Continue reading

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Homemade Cajun Triangles

I had thought for a while wouldn’t it be great to get some old hay rake tines and make a Cajun triangle – or, more likely, have one made for me. From what I’d been told, it is best to … Continue reading

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Peterborough – Havelock (again)

Hi friends, here’s an old story… Please note – I haven’t ridden a freight train in nearly ten years.  This was way back in 2005, when I was still in school in my hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, and going to … Continue reading

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Right or Wrong

I had the pleasure last fall of attending the Kole Crook Fiddling Association‘s fall workshop in Hay River, Northwest Territories.  On the Saturday we had a little talent show in the gymnasium of the school.  I sang this old classic … Continue reading

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Pure Laine Pembroke – Oct 2013

The Pure Laine (Pure Wool) contest at the Pembroke Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Competition in Sept 2010, featuring April Verch, Shane Cook and Danny Perreault. Competitors must play tunes one after the other without losing the beat or … Continue reading

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I would have called this post “fall” or “autumn,” but we’re well into that season now in Yellowknife, probably bordering on winter actually.  This little update unfortunately has almost nothing to do with music, since I’ve been so musically inactive … Continue reading

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Hoarfrost River

I had the very lucky opportunity to travel out to the East Arm of Great Slave Lake last week, to housesit Dave Olesen’s family homestead at the Hoarfrost River.  I’d never been to the East Arm, and, apart from canoeing … Continue reading

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