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Andy De Jarlis

The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler

by (author) Joe Mackintosh

Great Plains Publications
Initial publish date
Oct 2010
Composers & Musicians
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2010
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This is the story of Andy de Jarlis (1914 - 1975), a successful Métis fiddler and composer. Few music fans will know his name today, but de Jarlis's talent and contributions to Canadian music were every bit the equal of old-time fiddle icons like Don Messer and Al Cherny. Andy lived to play but his most important legacy might be his dedication to keeping Prairie Métis fiddling music alive. He had many original compositions, but he was also able to hone the sounds that he heard in his youth and copy them so they could be played by pick-up bands in dance halls across the Prairies. Now, with the resurgence of interest in fiddle music, this book will ensure Andy's contributions will be enjoyed by a new group of fans.

About the author

Joe Mackintosh is a writer and musician. He strives for a cadence and a voice in his writing that mirrors the rhythm of his music. His first biography, Andy De Jarlis The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler was short-listed for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Non-Fiction Award. He met Chris McCubbins on a July 1967 evening after Chris had won the Pan Am gold medal in the 3000-metre steeplechase. Joe was ever after impressed by Chris’ athletic talents and by his honest, humorous, and humble approach to life. Joe and his wife Carole live in Gimli, Manitoba, next to the sights and sounds of Lake Winnipeg.

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Editorial Reviews

"Mackintosh has penned a long-overdue biography of De Jarlis. . . It's an enjoyable book. . . " - Bill Redekop, The Winnipeg Free Press

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