Erskine Morris (1913 – 1997)

Erskine Morris (1913 – 1997)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Music from Brian's Living Room

Today I thought I would share with the readers some music Brian recorded during a recent session we had. I was in the Montreal-area for a few days around New Year's and we managed to get together for an afternoon of music and good company with his wife, Sally, at their place in N.D.G.

This music here represents a pretty good cross-section of the stuff we play when we have a chance to sit down one-on-one and make music. We first met at a bluegrass and southern old-time jam so we always play a few of those tunes in addition to the great music I later learned from recordings of his father and other Gaspesians.

Here is a link to the tunes.

Here are some notes on where and who these tunes are from:

01 - Midnight on the Water (Benny Thomasson, Texas, Fiddle tuned DDAD)
03 - Eva's Tune (Erskine Morris, Gaspe, Fiddle tuned ADAE)
08 - The Shannon Reel (Erskine Morris, Gaspe, Fiddle tuned ADAE or GDAE)
09 - Waynesboro (Edden Hammons/Doc Roberts, West Virginia/Kentucky, GDAE)
12 - Wagner One-Step (Bob Rogers, Tennessee, GDAE)
14 - Eva's Tune (Ernest Drody, Gaspe, GDAE)
15 - Father Morris' Tune (Erskine Morris, Gaspe, Fiddle tuned ADAE)
18 - Untitled (Erskine Morris, Gaspe, Fiddle tuned ADAE)
19 - Mr. Joe's Tune (Joe Drody Sr. via Erskine Morris, Gaspe, Fiddle tuned ADAE)
20 - I'll Be All Smiles Tonight (Paul David Smith, Kentucky, GDAE)