Erskine Morris (1913 – 1997)

Erskine Morris (1913 – 1997)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Mountain Reel

Hello readers,

After a great summer in Gaspé, Montreal, and a week at Pembroke, I'm back in Newfoundland and already in the thick of it with school obligations. I'm currently in the process of writing a grant proposal and I've been listening to Erskine's music to keep me inspired. This great tune came up and I thought I'd share it with you:

Hear the Mountain Reel

This is Erskine's unique setting of a classic tune you find all over North America and Ireland where they call it the "Boys of Bluehill." Other titles for this tune in North America include "Jenny Baker" and "Twin Sisters" and "Birdie in a Snowbank".

Anyhow, when Brian sent me a tape of his father's he had just digitized, we were both struck by the great feel Erskine gets on this tune. He gets such a deep groove with Brian's guitar on this recording.

Soon to come: I'm hoping to do a little reflection of the wonderful time we had at Pembroke this year. Lots of music, video, and pictures to share.