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Thread #123081   Message #2949686
Posted By: Tug the Cox
22-Jul-10 - 07:59 AM
Thread Name: Sea shanties for fiddle
Subject: RE: Sea shanties for fiddle
Fiddlers were even press ganged solely for their musical prowess.A freed slave was heard playing classical music and returned to slavery in the navy!

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Joseph Emidy, Acclaimed Teacher and Performer

Those who made a name for themselves in the world of professional music often came from a background of enslavement. One such musician was captured by the Portuguese from the Guinea coast and sold into slavery in Brazil. Around 1795, 'Josh Emede' (as he is called in the ship's records of the Indefatigable) was forced by the British navy to play reels and jigs for the crew. Later known as Joseph Emidy, he settled in Falmouth, a cosmopolitan community at the time. A classical musician, he earned his living as a music teacher, giving lessons for a variety of instruments, including the piano, violin, cello and flute. Emidy's skills as a teacher and concert musician seem to have been in high demand, as requests for his services appeared in Falmouth and Truro newspapers.