Posted by PrairieExile on Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I've been on the ground in Halifax, Nova Scotia for three days now. I love this city. It's one of my favorite places. I've got live music lined up for the weekend, a little Cape Breton hike, and I've found the fiddle I've been waiting for. David Bradshaw at the Halifax Folklore Centre set me up with a nice Stainer copy, and sent me happily on my way. He's even given me a good contact for a teacher while I'm out here. I spent a couple of hours going through David's stock, and in the end left with the first one he showed me. She wasn't the most expensive, and she wasn't the prettiest, but something about her just seems to suit me. I'm calling my fiddle Molly. It seemed to me that she needed a name. She's a little rough, and she's certainly not a pure-bread, but she has a sultry voice, and she's already managed to empty my wallet. I am no longer a renter, and my Halifax adventure has begun. (There are pictures of Molly in my photo section)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 @6:30:36 AM
Congrats. Enjoy your stay and your music.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 @9:08:51 AM
I'm glad you ended up with an older fiddle that already has tunes in her. You'll have a lotta fun teasing them out, and it's magical when you discover the tunes your fiddle already knows. It's like your fingers already know where to go . . .
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 @3:18:36 PM
Congrats on Molly! She's got some nice flame on the back. I think Hallifax has a string shop, and I was wondering if it might be nice to take the ferry over from Bar Hbr. some time. I did it once a few years ago and drove back around the Bay of Fundy. Cool city, nice area, real friendly folks.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, May 11, 2009 @7:01:31 AM
Hope you and Molly have a fine relationship! I had a dog named Molly when I's young, a mutt which hardly came when called, chewed up neighbor's door mats, howled at moons, cars, people, cats, and barked at me. In essence, the dog behaved better than my fiddle often does, and occasionally sounded better.
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