Vipond gets nod for Hall

The Glengarry News - - News -

The Glen­garry Celtic Mu­sic Hall of Fame holds its in­duc­tion cer­e­mony Fri­day, May 24, at the Bonnie Glen Pavil­ion in Alexan­dria. This is the first of a se­ries of in­ductee bi­ogra­phies sub­mit­ted by the Hall of Fame.

Bill Vipond, shown be­low, was raised on a farm near Sum­mer­stown, where he be­gan to sing in the Sa lem church choir. His love of mu­sic soon found him singing at wed­dings, which he re­ally en­joyed. Scot­tish and Ir­ish mu­sic soon took over and with the in­flu­ences of the Alexan­der Broth­ers, Andy Ste­wart and Ken­neth McKel­lar, he started to do socials, con­certs and par­ties. One of his per­sonal highlights was per­form­ing at the open­ing of the Oshawa High­land Games. He was also very proud of be­ing part of the High­land danc­ing award night where he pre­sented and per­formed for the dancers and their fam­i­lies to pro­mote Scot­tish her­itage.

In 1968, he formed a band called the Tar­tans and started to travel around Glen­garry per­form­ing at Rob­bie Burns’ nights with the Old Time Fid­dlers. This was a busy time for him be­ing a fam­ily man, po­lice­man and beef farmer. The Tar­tans con­tin­ued to play un­til his un­timely death on May 12, 1976 when he drowned at the age of 34.

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