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    Default Ottawa Valley fiiddle with mandolin

    Here's a piece from Roma MacMillan, a fine fiddler who played into her 90's, playing Lou Sullivan's Horpipe with Daniel Ladouceur on mandolin. Roma was a fiddler from my current region, and the session was recorded in Hull, Quebec, now central Gatineau, across the Ottawa River from Ottawa. The mandolin and fiddle were both playing melody, so for deef ol' fellas like me, it's sometimes hard to distinguish the mandolin. (I hope I won't much to say about this recording as I did about the Cape Breton mandolin recording that I recently posted.)

    Added: This fiddle/mandolin combination isn't common in the Ottawa Valley, where the mandolin is often associated with bluegrass and Celtic music.

    If the links don't work, search YouTube for "Lou Sullivan's Hornpipe - Roma McMillan On Fiddle - 1980".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o2D...cneilPrudhomme



    Roma McMillan:
    http://www.ottawacountrymusichof.org...mamcmillan.htm

    Daniel Ladouceur:
    https://www.discogs.com/Daniel-Ladou...lease/11722240
    Last edited by Ranald; Sep-08-2021 at 8:19pm. Reason: additional info
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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