Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Fiddling in Alaska & The Canadian Yukon Territory
Take off, eh! To the Great White North, you hosers!
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
June 23, 2022 - 1:20 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 4707
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

FANTASTIC FIDDLERS... way up in the Great White North, where you might not expect them! 

Found a great little 29 minute film from 1994, "Fiddler on the Loose" - about Fiddler Joe Loutchan, up in Whitehorse, Yukon.  The colorful kind of fiddler you could listen to all night - playing GREAT music! 

 

 

https://offtracktravel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/4-essential-items-you-must-bring-on-any-road-trip-in-yukon-territory-northern-canada-500x750.jpg

 

← you guess the 1st item?  ...a FIDDLE! 

 

@Georganne -

I was thinking of you, being you're much further North than us, here in Michigan.  Just had the hottest evening (weather wise) since 1933! 

Do you folks have any local fiddling legends in your area of Alaska? 

- Emily

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
June 23, 2022 - 2:01 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 4707
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Classical music imagery of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska & the Canadian Yukon, between 1896 - 1899, "Klondike Fiddles" a compilation of 2 melodies arranged by Andrew H. Dabczynski - "March of the Gold Miners" and "Crooked Stovepipe"

 

 

Klondike-Alaska Gold Rush

 

...in case some of you don't know where the saying, "Take off, eh!  To the Great White North, you hosers!" originated - it started with SCTV comedy skits of Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas, back in the early 1980's, and soon became a craze.  https://www.thecanadianencyclo.....icle/hoser

- Emily

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
June 23, 2022 - 4:19 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 4707
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
I learned of a new Fiddling Genre - "Athabaskan Style"

Some very interesting history on how two, distinct types developed - "Upriver - Gwich'in" & "Downriver - Koyukon".

Bill Stevens, Fort Yukon - legendary Fiddler, Teacher, International Ambassador of Fiddle Music! 

Charlie Peter - Gwich'in Fiddler, filmed in 1972 (Craig Mishler). 

Downriver Koyukon love song - "Eagle Island Blues", composed by Tom Patsy.  My favorite version is performed by Boyd Benjamin, Keitha Clark and Kate Weekes. 

 

Great origin story of Tom Patsy's tune and more about Athabaskan fiddle music, from Alaska Magazine, here: 

Athabascan Fiddle Music

https://d3525k1ryd2155.cloudfront.net/h/603/625/1269625603.0.m.jpg

 

"The Crooked Stovepipe: Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada", by Craig Mishler.

Quite interesting preview on Amazon, so I ordered a copy of the book off eBay. 

 

- Emily

Avatar
ELCBK
USA
Members

Regulars
June 23, 2022 - 5:38 am
Member Since: June 10, 2020
Forum Posts: 4707
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

"Lonesome For The Yukon", composed by Andy Greatrix of Alberta (Sue Ward).

 

"Klondike Two Step", by Frankie Rodgers of British Columbia (BPMONKMAN).

 

https://i0.wp.com/anjviola.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/IMG_7279.jpg?ssl=1

 

 

← Kelutviaq (or Qelutviaq), one string fiddle of the Yup’ik people, Alaska, late 19th century!

- Emily

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online: Gordon Shumway
Guest(s) 89
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today reedc83, Fashionandfiddle
Upcoming anonkid, KindaScratchy, freesbee, paulinefiddle, Allenph, oneloudmime, MsJoy, ARCoyne, Gringo, Sandybourne, Ripton, Space., loveluach, husseinHr, Guido, A. V. Suvorov, Scrap, DennisS, JiminTexas, mcwey
Top Posters:
ELCBK: 4707
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2680
Fiddlestix: 2647
ABitRusty: 2526
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
Gordon Shumway: 2033
damfino: 2027
Kevin M.: 1973
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 31075
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 79
Topics: 9810
Posts: 123525
Newest Members:
rj93329666
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 16040, KindaScratchy: 1759, coolpinkone: 4180, BillyG: 3741, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 4054