My name is Fred Keller and I am new to this board. I am a musician in Minnesota. I play roots music of various sorts (old time Appalachian, bluegrass, blues) and more and more I write tunes and songs that focus on Minnesota history.
My question for this group--my hope--is whether there is any knowledge or memory of Metis fiddling in Minnesota. I have run some google searches, I have spoken to other artists who have researched this but have turned up nothing yet.
Metis fiddling is a strong and vibrant tradition in Canada. It is a blend of European and Native musical traditions. More information on it can be found here: www.metismuseum.ca/main.php
I've had the good fortune to meet some of the artists there like John Arcand and Matthew Contois. Knowing that Minnesota had a strong Metis community leads me to believe that there may have been and may still be some players and artists.
I would very much love to find historical or current players, stories or tunes. I'm very much interested in learning more about this and I appreciate any help you may be willing to share with me.
Cheers and thank you!
Fred (if you'd prefer an offline response I can be emailed at fkeller (AT) scicable (DOT) net.
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