Simon St. Pierre – FRC206


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Simon St. Pierre is a fascinating and elusive Maine lumberjack and fiddler skilled in an array of music. He came to the 1977 Brandywine festival with Fred Pike, a stunning guitarist from Maine. They made a huge impression upon Dewey Balfa who called Simon “a brother I met today.” Reared in a logging community in Quebec, Simon told of long winters in the logging bunkhouses of the northern region of the province. Simon’s eclectic repertoire began with fiddlers employed there from many parts of Canada. He heard radio fiddlers and recorded ones such as Isadore Soucy, but his favorites were men he had met and learned from, such as his favorite, Claire Lake, a neighbor in the Smyrna Mills area of northeast Maine’s Aroostook County. Simon had been in the U.S. for about twenty years at the time of the festival, and still earned his living operating a one-man sawmill, sawing white swamp cedar into logs to create insect-proof cabins. In 1983, Simon was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and performed at the White House with his friend Joe Pomerleau. He is living in retirement in Maine.

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Track List

FRC206 – Simon St. Pierre

  1. Introduction
  2. Bowing the Strings
  3. Joys of Quebec
  4. Waverly Two Step
  5. The Cuckoo’s Nest
  6. Fishers Hornpipe
  7. French’s Reel
  8. Unknown Title
  9. Bonnie Kate
  10. Growling Old Man and Growling Old Woman
  11. Swallowtail Reel
  12. Roxanna Waltz
  13. Saint Anne’s Reel
  14. Happy Acres Two Step
  15. Grandfather’s Reel
  16. Jig
  17. Big John McNeil
  18. Run Johnny Run
  19. Unknown Title
  20. Dry and Dusty
  21. Unknown Title
  22. Little Roy’s Breakfast
  23. Unknown Title
  24. Soldier’s Joy
  25. Schottische
  26. Ragtime Annie
  27. Over the Waves
  28. Maple Sugar
  29. Running Water
  30. Unknown Title (identified by Tom Faux as "Little Burnt Potato")
  31. Unknown Title
  32. Uncle Henry’s Reel
  33. Unknown Title
  34. Huckleberry Hornpipe