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Bardford Metis Fiddle Documentary April 27 (6) Metis Fiddle Documentary April 27 11 Apr 02

Found the following item at the CBC ArtsCanada site. I think Bravo might be a Canada-only channel. Don't have cable, so don't know for sure.

Filmmaker connects Metis and fiddle music

Adrienne Lamb, The Arts Report

Edmonton – A new documentary about the connection between the Metis culture and fiddle music had its premiere screening in Edmonton this week.

Canadian Metis writer and director Greg Coyes said How the Fiddle Flows is not just a story about native culture, but also a story about Canadian music history.

Last summer Coyes packed up a film crew and made a journey from the mouth of the St. Lawrence to the foothills of the Rockies. Along the way,he found the strong Scottish and French fiddle influence."In Quebec they were playing the same rhythm we are, so I recognized there were some connections," Coyes said. "That made me want to explore how direct those connections were." His conclusion is that Metis fiddle music is the first truly Canadian form of musical expression.

Johnny Waniandy is one of the musicians featured in the documentary.He learned how to play the fiddle as a child in the bush of Northern Alberta. Waniandy said fiddle music is woven into his culture. "It means being Metis," he said. "I think that the bloodline of our culture is music and dance."

How the Fiddle Flows will be broadcast on Bravo on April 27.

The Arts Report airs weekdays at 7:12 a.m., 8:12 a.m. and 5:55 p.m. on CBC Radio Two.

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