Saturday, November 22, 2008

Do you remember Don Messer and his Islanders?


I was 13 when Don Messer died. I can remember seeing him on television. Years later, I came across an old record with some tunes by Mr. Messer and his Islanders. I really enjoyed the arrangements and the spirit of his music. Here's a short vignette about Don Messer. Here's a lovely version of The Saint Anne's Reel, complete with step dancing. Terrific! This next piece features Charlie Chamberlain

Finally, here's Stompin Tom's tribute to Don Messer.

4 comments:

L.M. said...

Le Reel Sainte-Anne footage is great. When I was a kid we only had CBC, so of course I hated this sort of thing then.

mister anchovy said...

Me too, LM, but it sure has aged well, hasn't it?

L.M. said...

I agree. I love it now and I'm glad that 8 year old girls didn't run network programming then.

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dustyroade said...

I remember the Don Messer show well, my parents and i used to watch it every week. There has never been another show like it since, actually there isn't a show on the TV or radio today that has any of that Canadian fiddle music that Messer used to play...today I guess we prefer to import our music from the USA.