To inspire my fiddling friends in the Aurora Fiddle Society, I was sending out YouTube picks for a while – I’ve been falling a bit short lately, but I should get back into it. Anyway, they’re getting re-posted here for anyone who’s interested.
Leahy used to be the known as The Leahy Family, if I remember right. There were eleven kids in the family and they were all in the band. They grew up in Lakefield, which is pretty close to where I’m from, so I always knew of them as a kid. I’ve got an LP of them from the 80s.
Looking forward to opening for Harlan Pepper at the annual Folk on the Rocks Spring Thaw fundraiser dance with my friends in the Old Town Mondays!
I had the great honour of opening for one of my favourite musicians the other day – check him out here.
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 the wine growing region – lesser known than Napa I guess – where the movie Sideways was filmed. It’s the stomping ground of Bear Erickson, who runs Erickson Sound Labs in a small industrial park surrounded by wineries. Bear welcomed us with wide open arms, and brought us into his world, where he seemed to know everybody. He made us feel at home at his landlord’s quirky mansion up in the hills, where we stayed for five nights, and took us wine tasting at his friend’s bar and to some of his other haunts.
He was a great host at his studio, professional but casual, making the place feel like ours during our time there. The studio space includes his workshop, where he and his dad make their own unique guitars.
One of these guys I just stumbled onto on Youtube…
Legendary Quebec fiddler Jean Carignon plays La Grande Fleur. Check out his percussive footwork and playing style. This is from Pete Seeger’s folk music television show, and is recorded at Jean’s home in 1957.
I don’t know much about Dan Frechette, but I sure dig his ragtime guitar. I think he comes from Winnipeg. Nice move around 1:30 too!