Yes friends, we’re going to do a little time travel. I shot a video of my time machine in action. People of my generation are going to say, aw c’mon, that’s just a record player, but in fact it’s a time machine. Today I’m taking you back to 1954, when Canadian Fiddle great Ward Allen recorded three volumes of his Maple Leaf Hoedown. Tonight we’re going check out Volume 3 of the collection, and specifically, Back to the Sugar Camp.
Ward Allen was born in London Ontario, but he is known as an Ottawa Valley style fiddler. In his short life – Mr. Allen was born in 1924 and died in 1965 – he treated Canadians and the world to some fantastic fiddle music.
Here’s an except from the liner notes on the record:
Like “Old Man River”, Ward Allen’s popularity “just keeps on rollin’ along”.
Whether it be at a square dance, at a ballroom, in a cabaret, on the stage, on the radio or TV, Ward’s “Maple Leaf Hoedown” music is a listening and dancing treat to Canadian folks.
In this album you will find more of the music and fiddling that has made Ward Allen a national favourite.
Now when you jump into my time machine and take this trip with me, you might notice a little turbulence. This happens when you go back in time. You might say, hey what’s that background noise – is that your Newf Georgie goofing around with a chew toy? Trust me, it’s really time travel turbulence. Don’t worry, you’re safe with me.
By the way, the covered bridge shown on the album cover was photographed at the entrance to the Village of Alma, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick Canada. As it says on the record cover, “there is a basic charm and picturesque attraction in Canada’s covered bridges.”