FID­DLER’S COR­NER

The Victoria Standard - - Arts - by Paul S. Cran­ford.

If you have a tune you would like to share with other Cape Bre­ton fid­dlers or a mu­si­cal event that could be pro­moted in this col­umn con­tact The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard or Cran­ford Pub­li­ca­tions (www.cran­ford­pub.com). Email psc@cran­ford­pub.com.

Al­most a year has passed since Cheti­camp fid­dler Arthur Muise passed away. One of this is­land’s best play­ers, he will be long re­mem­bered. In his early years Arthur played mostly old Scot­tish tunes which he picked up from tapes of both An­gus and Cameron Chisholm. In thh V he be­friended the Stub­bert fam­ily and learned many Ir­ish tunes from them and from tapes of Johnny Wil­mot. Later younger play­ers, in­clud­ing both Natalie Mac­mas­ter and Ash­ley Macisaac, learned tunes from home tapes of Arthur and even­tu­ally recorded them on CD. To­day many of those same set­tings cir­cu­late widely.

I learned the above tune from North­side fid­dler Brent Au­coin. Brent was a close friend of Arthur and con­sid­ers him to be his main in­flu­ence. Dur­ing his lifetime most of Arthur’s tunes were un­ti­tled. Ap­par­entl\ when he played this one for

JP Cormier, it caught JP’S ear and so Arthur said “You like it? I’ll name it for you.”

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