Label: RCA Victor - LCP 1044,RCA Victor - LCP-1044 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country, Polka
Hey folks, just wanted to apologize for being away for so long. It's been over a year since I've put up any new posts, I'm afraid other things have just kept me away.
Several moves, a broken ankle, and many other How Ya Feeling (Ekai Remix) - Sooney - Kandi Flip EP prevented me from finding time to properly transfer, upload, and annotate all the items I would like. I'm glad to say that people seem to continue to discover the Attic and download items!
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On to today's post. Ganam is an interesting figure in fiddle history who's style bridged a number of traditions and who's story and background are the very fabric of the Canadian cultural mosaic. He began leading "western" style cowboy bands in his home territory in the early 's and continued to be successful throughout the decade, but it was his association with the early CBC TV production "Country Mickey Finn* & D.J.
Randall* - Studio Mixed that brought him to national prominence. Ganam had already landed in Toronto bythe year "Country Hoedown" was launched. The program was a runaway success, sparking longstanding careers for the likes of Gordie Tapp and Tommy Hunter. Ganam's repertoire is somewhat more varied that that of the average Canadian fiddler of the time. Some, especially the earlier tracks, seem very much like western swing, featuring heavy accordion bordering at times on the sort of lounge jazz made popular by artists such as Art VanDamme.
He plays some southern sounding "hoedown" pieces and a great deal of old time time dances, waltzes, schottische, etc. Of course, there are Canadian style jigs and reels as well, played at a somewhat faster pace than contemporaries like Don Messer or Ned Landry favoured.
Like so many of the great fiddlers, "King" seems to have suffered his popularity and by the sixties had experienced difficulties with alcohol and mental health. He relocated to California in and spent his remaining days there, returning to his native country only occasionally.
His influence was immense and his tunes, especially the enduring "Four String Polka" are still played widely. Click here for a biography at the Canadian Encyclopedia. Click here for a biography from "Folk and Country Songs", November Posted by Lonesome Lefty at PM. Just let me be the first to welcome you back.
I discovered your site after you went on your hiatus and have enjoyed listening to many of your posts. I do hope another year doesn't pass before the next one! Welcome Back - I too discovered your site during your "break" - I really like the focus on Canadian artists as it has introduced me to some excellent performers that were previously unknown to me.
Hi Lefty, it's so great to have you back! I'm looking forward to many more of your posts. All my best, Johnny One-Note. We had the "Ridin' The Fiddle" recording at home when I was a boy. I have always remembered it, and wanted to hear the music again. I don't remember how it happened, but a colleague at work mentioned that Nights Intro - Metronomy - Nights Out had the record.
I brought it home, and in the process of listening, decided to search the internet, and found your blog post, and all the music; and all the Rippling Water Jig - King Ganam - King Of The Fiddle about King Ganam. Post a Comment. Be Sure To Visit Uncle Rippling Water Jig - King Ganam - King Of The Fiddle Rockin' Archives.
Meadowlark's Music and Memories. Jeremy's Saggy Record Cabinet. Monday, September 6, Hey folks, just wanted to apologize for being away for so long. Welcome Back! This is fantastic! King Ganam was a great musician and should be remembered. Newer Post Older Post Home.
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