The History of Fiddling in Northern Alberta to 1950

Fiddle tunes were played and exchanged at fur trading posts. According to Len Wilson, the tune "Soldier's Joy" was most likely introduced into the Northern Alberta fiddle repertoire by Orkney fur traders and Hudson's Bay employees. In his memoirs, Buffalo Days and Nights, Peter Erasmus—a respected Métis interpreter and guide—described fiddling at Fort Edmonton on Christmas Day, 1856. Fiddling served to connect the new world to the old world and to bridge diverse cultures.
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