To showcase and celebrate Métis fiddlers, John Arcand and Richard Lafferty, the Gabriel Dumont Institute produced the Métis Fiddlers Series. This DVD contains the previously released VHS documentaries John Arcand and His Métis Fiddle and Richard Lafferty: The Muskeg Fiddler.
John Arcand and His Métis Fiddle
John Arcand is one of Canada’s most accomplished Métis fiddle players and has made important, if not historic, contributions to the preservation of Métis music and dance. This video is about John Arcand, his life, and his music. However, it is also a documentary about the history of the “Métis Style of Fiddling” and how to dance the traditional “Red River Jig.” It also highlights the annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest which was started in 1998. Interviewees such as Calvin Vollrath, Gilbert Anderson, Ray Isbister, Trent Bruner, and Emma Arcand tell us their memories and thoughts about John and his music. Join us for a great celebration of Métis history, music, and dance.
Richard Lafferty: The Muskeg Fiddler
Richard Lafferty is one of the most accomplished Métis fiddle players in the Northwest Territories. This video is about Richard Lafferty’s life, his music, and his efforts to preserve Métis-style fiddling in the Mackenzie River Valley. It is also a documentary about the history of Métis fiddling in the Northwest Territories. Learn about other northern Métis fiddlers and their contributions to this artform. Join us for an adventure in Métis music north of the 60th parallel.