Writing a wee bit about fiddling here lately, and mentioning Old Time fiddling in the process, caused me to think of this tune, Maple Sugar. It is quite possibly the quintessential fiddle tune in The Ottawa Valley although one or two others do rival it.
As I have written any number of times, our county dubs itself the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, so the tune is quite apropos, and it's a toe-tapper. Although my Lanark County claims the title, the maple industry is quite prominent throughout the whole Valley.
I really wanted to embed this version, but for some strange reason is has to be played directly on YouTube. What I like about it is that it is a family group, featuring two kids and playing at a campground just an hour or so up The Valley. Here is the link again.
It's not the easiest piece but, once upon a time, I made an effort to learn and play Maple Sugar. I did manage to get through it in a very rudimentary fashion. lol
A cheerful fun way to begin Monday. Thanks for sharing.
What fun, I want to get up and dance! Thanks for giving me a toe-tapping tune!
Love that one. I didn’t know the name of the tune or its origin but it is known on the east coast for sure!
Those kids are very good. Thanks for the link and the background.
I am not familiar with that piece, but anytime a family can get together and make music like this, well, I think that is simply awesome. I can imagine you having fun playing this yourself.
Do you listen to Valley Heritage Radio out of BUrnstown? Our favorite station. 98.7 on your dial!
Karen, do we even have a radio? Yes, there is one in the kitchen. It's a clock really, as are a few other radios in the house. I just asked Alexa to play it, but it is beyond her scope.
I love watching musicians play! Very nice!
Well, that would get you moving in the morning, wouldn't it?
I do know the tune.
My toes are tapping and my soul is dancing. Thank you.
I love toe tapping music and it's so upbeat. Just what I need right now!
Definitely a toe-tapper! :)
The hardest I ever heard my mom laugh was when she listened to me practising Red River Valley on the fiddle. I never got good at it. -Kate
It is a nice one! Thanks for sharing!Makes me happy.
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