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Old 12-14-2003, 08:51 AM   #1
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This from todays Toronto Sun

Sun, December 14, 2003

Lightfoot honoured

Ailing musical legend gets Companion of the Order of Canada award

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Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada at a private ceremony in Toronto yesterday. Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson presented the honour to Lightfoot, 64, who has been recovering from a near-fatal abdominal hemorrhage a year ago.

The singing legend has been through two rounds of surgery and has another scheduled for the spring.

Lightfoot made a public appearance earlier this month when he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He said at that time he hoped to return to the stage soon.

His promotion within the order comes a day after official ceremonies in Ottawa that honoured other notable Canadians, including comedic actor Leslie Nielsen and former astronaut Marc Garneau.

Singer John Allan Cameron brought some levity Friday to the normally staid affair.

The Cape Breton performer, who wore a Cameron kilt, strummed an imaginary guitar onstage as the moderator read aloud his many musical accomplishments to a capacity crowd in the Chateau Laurier ballroom.

At the afternoon ceremony, 56 Canadians were made part of the Order of Canada, including four Companions, 19 Officers and 33 Members.

The list included former Liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy, filmmaker Allan King, Claire L'Heureux-Dube, a former Supreme Court justice, artist Betty Goodwin and Anne Claire Poirier, a leading director in Quebec cinema.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour.

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Old 12-14-2003, 08:51 AM   #2
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This from todays Toronto Sun

Sun, December 14, 2003

Lightfoot honoured

Ailing musical legend gets Companion of the Order of Canada award

By CP

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada at a private ceremony in Toronto yesterday. Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson presented the honour to Lightfoot, 64, who has been recovering from a near-fatal abdominal hemorrhage a year ago.

The singing legend has been through two rounds of surgery and has another scheduled for the spring.

Lightfoot made a public appearance earlier this month when he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He said at that time he hoped to return to the stage soon.

His promotion within the order comes a day after official ceremonies in Ottawa that honoured other notable Canadians, including comedic actor Leslie Nielsen and former astronaut Marc Garneau.

Singer John Allan Cameron brought some levity Friday to the normally staid affair.

The Cape Breton performer, who wore a Cameron kilt, strummed an imaginary guitar onstage as the moderator read aloud his many musical accomplishments to a capacity crowd in the Chateau Laurier ballroom.

At the afternoon ceremony, 56 Canadians were made part of the Order of Canada, including four Companions, 19 Officers and 33 Members.

The list included former Liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy, filmmaker Allan King, Claire L'Heureux-Dube, a former Supreme Court justice, artist Betty Goodwin and Anne Claire Poirier, a leading director in Quebec cinema.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour.

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Old 12-14-2003, 10:48 AM   #3
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that would have been fun to see... I want to go to Cape Bretton for the music, I have heard so much about it in various classes I have taken. Does anyone hear ever go there or know much about the music?
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Old 12-14-2003, 10:48 AM   #4
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that would have been fun to see... I want to go to Cape Bretton for the music, I have heard so much about it in various classes I have taken. Does anyone hear ever go there or know much about the music?
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quote:Originally posted by gwen snyder:
that would have been fun to see... I want to go to Cape Bretton for the music, I have heard so much about it in various classes I have taken. Does anyone hear ever go there or know much about the music?


I've been there once. It's really one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. I'm studying Cape Bretton style fiddling, with roots back into traditional Irish and Scottish fiddling.

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Old 12-15-2003, 09:23 AM   #6
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no way cathy! that is the reason we want to go, my husband is studying Cape Bretton dulcimer styles, very different. too cool.
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no way cathy! that is the reason we want to go, my husband is studying Cape Bretton dulcimer styles, very different. too cool.
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Old 12-15-2003, 12:30 PM   #8
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specifically the "jig".
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specifically the "jig".
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quote:Originally posted by gwen snyder:
specifically the "jig".


Reels and jigs are my favorite tunes to play. Right now I'm working on a medley of four jigs: Swallowtail Jig, Tenpenney Bit, Lannigan's Ball and Morrison's Jig. Also working on St. Anne's Reel, Cooley's Reel and Reel Beatrice in the gypsy fiddler style. I take fiddling lessons in New Brunswick and they play a combination of bluegrass, Quebec style and Cape Bretton style, mostly old traditional tunes, but some contemporary tunes by Andy Dejarles, Ivan Hicks and a few others.
It amazes me that there are very few young fiddlers here in Maine, but just 5 miles across the border into New Brunswick, there are legions of young fiddlers. It seems to me they are exposed to it at a young age and that it's actually considered cool to play the fiddle in New Brunswick, but not so cool on this side of the border. Too bad. It's a lot of fun and a good family activity.

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Old 12-15-2003, 11:19 PM   #11
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well, you are very well versed. My husband is studying the Cuban connection to dulcimer as well, it is quite interesting how the music hasspread around the globe. Technically most people think a jig or reel has European and I think the jig has Irish roots (not sure about reels). But, there are connections in every language and all over the globe. My daughter plays classical violin but, she is trying to learn bluegrass now (which my father encouraged her to learn as a youth and she did not have a teacher (she sight reads only), so, now she is having a time of finding someone to teach her and listen to how she is doing with it. Fiddle, I know nothing about. I have been reading about that enclave of musicians in the Cape Bretton area and how amazing the area is, I can't wait to visit there.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:19 PM   #12
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well, you are very well versed. My husband is studying the Cuban connection to dulcimer as well, it is quite interesting how the music hasspread around the globe. Technically most people think a jig or reel has European and I think the jig has Irish roots (not sure about reels). But, there are connections in every language and all over the globe. My daughter plays classical violin but, she is trying to learn bluegrass now (which my father encouraged her to learn as a youth and she did not have a teacher (she sight reads only), so, now she is having a time of finding someone to teach her and listen to how she is doing with it. Fiddle, I know nothing about. I have been reading about that enclave of musicians in the Cape Bretton area and how amazing the area is, I can't wait to visit there.
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