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Charlie Peter

In the 1970s Craig Mishler spent some time in Old Crow and northern Alaska, and wrote a scholarly book documenting Gwich’in fiddle music and culture. It’s called The Crooked Stovepipe; Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska and … Continue reading

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Punch Brothers

The Punch Brothers take traditional bluegrass instruments and play everything from classical music to contemporary rock.  This tune is an old bluegrass number that they play in their own exceptional style.  All of the band members take amazing solos in … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Bear Erickson

Last year when I recorded Westbound, I went down to California with the band and producer to a little town called Buellton, outside Santa Barbara.  Actually we were hanging around a triangle of three towns, Buellton, Solvang and Los Olivos.  It’s … Continue reading

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Album Release!

Almost a year in the making, my first album Westbound was released October 25th, 2014 at the Top Knight Pub in Yellowknife.  Huge thanks to everyone for the support – the house was packed! I think lots of fun was … Continue reading

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Roseville Blues

It’s about Roseville, California.  I got an email from on a mailing list one time that talked about how hard it is to catch a freight train out of there, and it reminded me of a section of Jack London’s … Continue reading

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