A random Lanark County Piper
Sheila Romhild looking for any information on the “Elliott Brothers Pipe Band” that was around for 3 Elliott generations and played at every public occasion in the Calabogie area. if you can help please comment or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Although many traditional tunes were influenced by the idiosyncracies of the bagpipe (range, ornamentation, drones), the fiddle gradually evolved as the ideal instrument for cheap and versatile accompaniment. Traditional dances were group dances but the concept of a solo dancer accompanied by a single fiddle is a naval tradition. In the sociological sense, there are few instances where men and women are forced to entertain themselves separately.
In the navy, however, partnerless men were in need of exercise and entertainment. Jigs (especially the spritely Irish tunes) were part of the on-board routine. In Lanark County, the navy-styled format evolved naturally when men were isolated from their wives or girl friends every winter during the timber boom which took place throughout most of the nineteenth century. Throughout the Ottawa valley, regional and national styles were cast together at an accelerated rate”.–Fiddling in Lanark County by David Ennis
Carleton Place Pipers
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