I finished my 3 week bike tour of the Gaspé coast from Campbellton New Brunswick to Forillon last Friday. I had a wonderful time, having seen some truly spectacular scenery and met some of the most kind-hearted people in this province. After spending a week in Douglastown during their Irish Festival, we have lots of new material for the blog.
Brian and I played in a different person's kitchen just about every day and we were treated to great stories, hospitality, and even some step-dancing in return for music. I met many new friends in Douglastown, Shigawake, and at the Malbay Fiddlers Hoedown. We also met many people out there who follow this blog and its rewarding to know that this music and culture is being enjoyed and appreciated out in the Gaspé as well as elsewhere. We even visited with an in-law of Erskine's who had a family member have each posting we do printed out and kept in an envelope. That really means a lot to us!
Currently, we have many hours of recordings of our sessions and Brian's aunt gave us a bag of 15 cassettes of Erskine playing that we need to go through and digitize. Add to that about 5 tapes of Cyril's playing that we are also working on.
One of our Gaspesien readers we met out there gave us a great idea to have a single page where our readers can access all the tunes rather than having to hunt for them through pages of old postings. Now, on the side of the site under "Pages" you should see a link that says "Listen to All the Tunes". Go here if you want to get right to the music.
Here are some pictures of the trip:
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