Half Year Recap

About a year ago I moved from my comfy graduate town in Southern Indiana to Buffalo, NY, with a mound of books to read for my PhD quals, and only the faintest hint of a dissertation idea. I’d read online that Canadians had placed well at the Clifftop Festival the previous summer, and I’d had a few email exchanges with some old-time players and enthusiasts in Toronto, but not much else.

Once I got through my quals, I was asked to defend my dissertation topic, regarding the old-time Appalachian music community in cosmopolitan Toronto. My committee all agreed it was a great project, and wondered if I’d really find anything there, since the proposal was mostly on speculation. I wondered myself.

The past six months of research have yielded better results than I could have ever asked for. I’ve written some on this blog about it, and much more in my private field notebooks. What I’ve found is a rich, talented, thoughtful community centered in Toronto, but which extends across Canada and the US.

At almost ever event I attend I have my camera with me, snapping away – a fact my Toronto friends are quite used to by now. And I wanted to share some of these photos here.

I used to term friends honestly. The amazing people I’ve met in these past six months have indeed become friends and I have no doubt many relationships will continue long past this project.

Here is a quick recap of some highlights of the past six months, with apologies to several fantastic people who aren’t represented here.

Lonesome Ace Stringband, The Painted Lady, June 2012

Square Peg Stringband, The Holy Oak, July 2012

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Camp Canada, Clifftop WV, August 2012
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Camp Canada, Clifftop WV, August 2012

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Ribbon for Nervous Tick and the Bites (1/2 Canadian) for Traditional Band Competition, Clifftop WV, August 2012

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Scott and Anne, Buffalo, NY September 2012

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Square Peg Stringband, The Holy Oak, September 2012

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Sunday Jam, September 2012

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All-Day Breakfast, Toronto Islands, September 2012

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Kitgut Stringband, Toronto Islands, September 2012

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Peg and Debbie, September 2012

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Gladstone Hotel Jam, November 2012

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Sue and Bruce, Gladstone Hotel Jam, November 2012

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Gladstone Hotel Jam, November 2012

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Chris, The Local, November 2012

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Chris, The Local, November 2012

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Chris, The Local, November 2012

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Peter and Debbie, November 2012

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Living Room Jam, November 2012

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Me with Coleman, trying to keep up. November 2012

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Peter and Debbie, November 2012

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Peter, November 2012

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Erynn, Kathy and Debbie, December 2012

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Christmas Party Jam, December 2012

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