The History of Fiddling in Northern Alberta to 1950

Beginning in the 1920s, radio became another means for Alberta fiddlers to learn tunes. Radio gave Alberta fiddlers immediate access to sounds from distant places, such as eastern Canada (Don Messer), the United States (Grand Ole Opry), and Alberta itself (Calgary Old-Timers). The advent of radio meant that Alberta fiddlers were increasingly exposed to a common body of tunes. Not everyone took to radio immediately, however.
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Frank Madsen's old Viking radio

Frank Madsen's old Viking radio

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