Wig­gles ded­i­cate new video to N.L. fish­er­men

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT - BY TARA BRADBURY tara.bradbury@thetele­gram.com Twit­ter: @tara_brad­bury

Aus­tralian chil­dren’s mu­sic su­per­group The Wig­gles have just re­leased their new­est video —and have ded­i­cated it to New­found­land fish­er­men.

The Wig­gles — An­thony Field, Lachy Gillespie, Emma Watkins and Si­mon Pryce, with co­hort Paul Pad­dick as pi­rate Capt. Feather­sword — filmed a video for their ver­sion of “Squid Jig­gin’ Ground” in Quidi Vidi while on tour in St. John’s last Oc­to­ber.

The Wig­gles re­leased a record­ing of the 1928 Art Scam­mell tune on their “Let’s Eat!” al­bum in 2010, and have per­formed snip­pets of the song on­stage at Mile One Cen­tre both times they’ve vis­ited.

Their new­est ver­sion is a duet with P.E.I. mu­si­cian Tim Chais­son, an award­win­ning solo artist, fid­dler and mem­ber of The East Point­ers, who can now add “Cana­dian Wig­gle” to his re­sumé, ac­cord­ing to Field. Chais­son and his fid­dle also ap­pear in the video, hav­ing filmed shots while tour­ing Aus­tralia a few months ago.

“Tim Chais­son and The East Point­ers are just about the most en­ter­tain­ing folk trio in the world,” Field told The Tele­gram Mon­day morn­ing. “They brought their magic from Prince Ed­ward Is­land to Aussie and the whole coun­try was danc­ing to their jigs and reels. It was so great to film and sing with such a great bloke and such a tal­ented mu­si­cian, and he pro­nounces ‘New­found­land’ cor­rectly!”

At the be­gin­ning of the “Squid Jig­gin’ Ground” video, Field ded­i­cates the song to New­found­land fish­er­men as well as late Nova Sco­tia coun­try star Hank Snow; Field is a fan of Snow, and his ver­sion of “Squid Jig­gin’ Ground” was how Field first con­nected with the song. He ad­mits he’s a tad ob­sessed with it.

“When we filmed (in Quidi Vidi), for me it was like film­ing in a cold par­adise,” Field said. “Art Scam­mell sings about all these char­ac­ters in the song and I could feel them out on the squid jig­ging ground.”

Watch The Wig­gles video for “Squid Jig­gin’ Ground” with Tim Chais­son on­line at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=7ywa2in­5cwq&sns=em. It’s fea­tured on The Wig­gles’ new DVD, “Duets,” yet to be re­leased in North Amer­ica.


The Wig­gles, (from left) Si­mon Pryce, Emma Watkins, Lachy Gillespie and An­thony Field, on lo­ca­tion in Quidi Vidi while film­ing a video for “Squid Jig­gin’ Ground” last fall. The video, which also fea­tures P.E.I. mu­si­cian Tim Chais­son, has just been re­leased.

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