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From the road: day 6
We are about finished day 6 and all is well. The weather has been warm, and although there have been some showers they haven’t affected any of our activities.
We had a very busy day in Nashville on Saturday, but managed to attend all the events including the Midnite Jamboree. Our Back Stage tour at the Opry worked out well and everyone got their picture taken standing in the magic circle centre stage, some even sang on the stage.
Jim Ed Brown was celebrating 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry and along with hosting a segment on the Opry show he also hosted the Midnite Jamboree. Everyone had a chance to have a piece of the 302 pound cake they had at the Midnite Jamboree to celebrate the event.
There was another little blond headed girl on the Opry, who seemed to attract a lot of attention, I believe her name was Carrie Underwood 😉
Sunday we made a stop at a huge Flea Market in Sevierville on our way to Pigeon Forge and after check in at the motel attended the Dixie Stampede Dinner show.
Today was the perfect day for Dollywood, a bit warm, but that made the water rides more inviting. We are trying to play the young folks out but it isn’t working:) A lot of good shows though, and we all had a train ride. We went to the Comedy Barn tonight.
Tomorrow we have a couple of shows and some more shopping time.
Note from the road
Just a note to let you know we have made it to Nashville, and haven’t lost anyone yet. Great group, everyone seems to be having a good time. Contrary to media reports, Nashville is not flooded, although we have had some fairly heavy showers. We spent a few hours at the Opry Mill tonight to get the shopping thing taken care of for a day or two, and Dorothy and I dropped by the Willie Nelson Museum for a quick look.
Last night in Lexington, we entertained the motel guests with some old time and Gospel tunes, enjoyable evening. After three days on the road everyone is looking forward to a bit of a rest, although tomorrow will be a busy day with a Back Stage tour of the Opry, Hall of Fame tour and a visit to the Ryman. And of course Sat night at the Opry and the Midnight Jamboree. We are hoping for good weather so we can do a bit of a walking tour around Broadway as well.
Fortunately our motel is next door to the Midnight Jamboree so we can come and go as we please. Sunday we will travel to Pigeon Forge for a few days.
Hope all is well back home.
Meet me at the Fair
Our next big event will be the Northern Maine Fair on July 31, 2013, 8pm (7pm US time). See our map for directions.
Gospel CD now available
Click here to listen to sample tune: 6 I Saw The Light
Pick up our new CD at the Wednesday jam sessions or at our performances.
$15.00 (we will mail copies for an extra $5.00 shipping and handling — includes our trip to the post office and maybe we’ll get an ice cream at Carl’s too) Seriously, proceeds support WEF projects including sending our young folks to fiddle camp. Thank you.
Gospel music has always been a part of the Wednesday Evening Fiddlers repertoire, so to celebrate our 25th season we decided to record a Gospel album. We have included a number of Gospel standards that will be familiar to everyone.
During Feb 2013 the fiddlers spent two Saturdays at the St James United Church Hall in Perth-Andover recording the album. Included in the 30 participants were a number of our young fiddlers, and 6-year-old Emma McLaughlin led the group off on This Little Light of Mine. Since a number of our group are also great vocalists we included voices in some of the selections
A special Thank-You to Larry Adams and Paige Lavoie for doing Bass and Piano accompaniment, Mark White and Cathy Adams for contributing photos, Bill Duncan for photos & design, and all the fiddlers who helped with the project.
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1. Old Country Church – J. D. Sumner & J. W. Vaughn
2. Beyond the Sunset – Virgil Brock
3. Where Can I Go – J. B. Coats
4. Consider the Lillies – Joel Hemphill
5. Family Bible – Willie Nelson
6. I Saw the Light – Hank Williams
7. Farther Along – Rev W. B. Stevens
8. In the Garden – C. Austin Miles
9. It is no Secret – Stuart Hamblen
10. Just A Closer Walk – Traditional
11. How Great Thou Art – Carl Boberg
12. Mansion Over the Hilltop – Ira Stanphill
13. Suppertime – Ira Stanphill
14. This Little Light of Mine – Traditional
15. Lifes Railway to Heaven – Charlie D. Tillman
16. What A Friend – Charles C. Converse
/Touch of the Masters Hand – Myra Brooks Welch
17. I’ll Fly Away – Albert E. Brumley
18. Amazing Grace – John Newton
Photos of our recording session.
Jean submitted the song titles to Gracenote. They should appear in iTunes when you import the CD.
Lost email addresses
As most of you know I had a computer melt down and although I have been able to recover most of my files I am missing a lot of email addresses. I gathered addresses from my other computer for this email, but these are not current.
Mainly I am missing addresses for people who joined the group in the last year, or folks who have changed their address in the last year. If you know any of these folks, have them send me a note so I can get them back on the list.
And just in case this works remember we are playing at the manor in Plaster Rock Sunday June 16 at 3:30 PM.
Concert, 1 June, 2013
Wednesday Evening Fiddlers Spring Concert
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You are invited to our Spring Concert. Saturday, 1 June, 2013, 7pm at Perth-Andover United Church. Featuring our young fiddlers. We’ve been practicing all year for this concert. Please come. Here are some pictures from our last rehearsal.
Murray Paris 1921-2013
May 22, 2013,
Good Morning everyone
We just got word that Murray Paris passed away last night or early this morning. He was in hospital in Fredericton. We don’t have the arrangements yet but will pass them along.
Murray was a long time member of our group and played guitar and sang. He sang many of the old Wilf Carter songs, plus a lot of the old cowboy songs and all from memory. The Old Blue Pot, the Balogna song, the Fishing License, and the Trading Stamp songs were just a few of his most requested. One of my favorites was When the Works all done this Fall, and another was Papa’s Wagon.
The one thing we remember most about Murray was no matter what you were doing or how bad things were going, he always seemed to be having a good time.
It is with heavy hearts that we annouce the passing of Murray Christie Paris of Tilley, NB at the age of 91. Murray passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital on May 22, 2013.
Beloved son of the late Frank and Ellen Paris (Lafrance), Murray is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Minnie (Elliott) Paris; daughter Elaine (Gerald) Castonguay of Grand Falls; sons Mac (Charlene) Paris of Tilley, Wendall (Janice) Paris of Blue Hill, Roger (Rose Mary) Paris of Saltspring, NB; 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, son Franklin Paris, 2 sisters and 5 brothers.
Murray was a veteran of the Second World War and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 36. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6414. Murray took great pride in music, wood crafts, story telling, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, friends and his family.
Resting at Brunswick Funeral Home with visitation on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11 am from St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church. Father Gilbert Doddatto celebrating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.
There will be a Legion Memorial Service held at the funeral home Friday evening at 7 pm.
For those who wish, donations to the Southern Victoria Cancer Assistance Fund or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover, NB.