Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Mi'kmaq fiddler Lee Cremo (1938–99) came from a long line of fiddlers, stretching back to his great-grandfather. His style of playing, which owes much to the hybridization of the Cape Breton and Mi'kmaq fiddling traditions, was also influenced by Jean Carignan, whom he met at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Known as the "Best Bow Arm in the World," Cremo preferred fast reels and jigs and usually clogged while he played. "Constitution Breakdown," one of his own tunes from the 1970s, is a lighthearted take on Canada's longstanding constitutional negotiations.
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