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Fiddling in New Brunswick - Official Book Launch

The New Brunswick Fiddlers Association is proud to announce the publication of Fiddling in New Brunswick : The History and Its People. Written by Gary Copeland, retired NB educator and author, this 600-page book is an up-to-date comprehensive history of fiddling in our province and a detailed account of the many people who have played a role in that history. Included in the book is the history of fiddling on the railway, rivers, in the dance halls and during the war years, and its influence on the culture and history of New Brunswick . The book provides an affectionate look at the fiddling community and will appeal to anyone interested in New Brunswick and its history. The book includes an index of two thousand New Brunswick fiddlers past and present with biographies of five hundred. There are nearly five hundred photographs which illustrate the importance of fiddle music in every corner of the province.

An official book launch will take place on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00pm. The location is the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Hall, at 28 Woolridge Drive , Riverview NB. Admission is free. Come and join us to celebrate the launch of this special book and enjoy an evening of live music. There will be readings from selected segments of the book and author, Gary Copeland, will be on hand to autograph books and meet with folks. Refreshments will be available. Bring your own instruments and join in with the music.

The book contains ten chapters. The first four focus on how the culture of the people influenced development and growth of the music. These influences are clearly illustrated in the relevant biographies and stories. The cultural influences upon the music have seen it emerge into a number of various styles, e.g., Celtic (Irish and Scottish), Acadian, Danish, Classical, Down East, Bluegrass and Country music. First Nation People and European settlers' influences are also identified.

Part of the book focuses on the revival of the music and the youth movement, while the remaining chapters look at such interesting topics as New Brunswick fiddle makers and other topics such as: teachers, camps, workshops, fans, friends, support groups, competitions, contests and honours.

For the first time ever, we now have a comprehensive record of fiddling in New Brunswick , its impact and its hope for the future. This book will become a treasure for those who love music and those who love our part of Canada.

Fiddling in New Brunswick: The History and Its People by Gary Copeland has been published in limited quantity and is available from the author at a cost of $42.75 each (tax incl.). Please note that books requested to be mailed will be charged an additional shipping and handling fee.  Please contact Gary for shipping fees.   To order a copy, contact Gary Copeland, 53 Arthur Street , Moncton , NB E1C 9Y1 Tel: 506 859-9284; email:


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Send to: Gary Copeland
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