Trent Bruner

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From Montreal to Pembroke 2008 Print E-mail

Hello again!  After the Canadian Grand Masters was completed, I ended up with a busy week of music work in the Ottawa Valley and vicinity.  Here's the latest from late August 2008.

After the 2008 Canadian Grand Masters was complete, I had a busy week with Calvin Vollrath, Randy Foster and others.  Renfrew, Ontario fiddler Dennis Harrington returned to the studio to do a third album, with Calvin as engineer and Yours truly as piano accompanist. Also of note for Dennis is that he also plans on releasing a music book of his original fiddle tunes from his three album releases, with me doing the notation work for him once the third album is complete.  Check Dennis' web address in my links section for further information.  He's a great fiddler who has been active in the Ottawa Valley scene for many years and is worth a listen.

Then Calvin Vollrath and I travelled to the Montreal suburb of Laval for a TV taping for Quebec private television network TQS.  The program we recorded for is called "Y'a plain de soleil".  The music spots were to be televised in September and/or October for this highly rated TV show in Quebec.  After this taping was completed, we, along with Randy Foster "The Fiddlin' Fireman" then went to Arnprior, Ontario to perform at a fundraiser for Valley Heritage Radio, a community FM station that features many hours of fiddle music.  The dance floor was packed that night and was enjoyed immensely by all.

After that, it was off to Canada's largest fiddle and step dance contest in Pembroke, which is about 150 kms northwest of Ottawa.  I shared house accompaniment duties with Guylaine Ganger, a wonderful accompanist and a genuinely nice lady to share the workload with. They had over 260 entries between fiddle and stepdance this year, which can make for long days at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, but lots of good music and dance come out of this weekend.  Contest judges were Calvin Vollrath, Louis Schryer and Brian Hebert for the fiddle, while Jeremy Luxton, Cindy Dagenais and Rodina Turner were the step dance judges.  If you ever get a chance to make the trip, you need to make a stop at Riverside Park where there are many jam sessions that take place throughout the park from Monday to Sunday, with the contest taking place Friday and Saturday.  Check the Pembroke contest information in my links section for more information on the contest and other particulars.  A major salute goes to contest chairman Jim Hickey and his entire core of executive and volunteers for making this event the great annual success as it is.

After this contest was done, it was on the plane to Norway to be with my wife and family again, and another gig with Norwegian fiddle legend Leif Rygg...more to come in the next article!

Musically yours, Trent