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Aug 6, 2020 - 6:45:56 PM
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613 posts since 6/22/2016

Some of you may be familiar with J.P. Cormier - he's best known as a virtuoso guitar-picker, but he's a masterful fiddler as well, nephew of the prominent Cape Breton fiddler, the late Joseph Cormier. He has a series of youtube videos in which he just talks about what made him the musician and person he is; I've been watching it and find it captivating.  It's not for the faint of heart; a lot of the family stuff is really dark and disturbing - all manner of abuse, violence, alcoholism, mental illness, disease, poverty, dysfunction, the whole gamut - that's your 'trigger warning' - but he's very thoughtful and articulate - and there's a lot of interesting talk about music.  I just watched the seventh installment; I don't know how many there are; looks like fifteen or twenty.  Here's a link to #1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lImRuad0mX8&list=WL&index=2&t=0s

I'd be curious to know if anyone else gets as caught up in it as I have.

Edited by - Old Scratch on 08/07/2020 12:03:24

Aug 7, 2020 - 10:38:32 AM
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198 posts since 3/1/2020

I started listening after reading your post while at work. I’m on the third episode now and am enjoying the series. Courmier is a good storyteller, and his stories are compelling.

So many musicians have brushes with tragedy as well as the sublime. It just seems to be a part of the life.

Aug 7, 2020 - 11:02:56 AM
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6 posts since 12/30/2019

Thanks for posting. He’s a classic example of great talent developed in hardship. Im hooked after episode 1.

Aug 7, 2020 - 11:41:47 AM
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89 posts since 6/8/2020

I watched the 1st episode and I agree, he tells his story well. He certainly does not paint a very nice picture of his mother’s upbringing - very sad indeed. It’s astonishing the amount of suffering we’re capable of inflicting on others. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

Aug 7, 2020 - 3:25:34 PM

Old Scratch

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613 posts since 6/22/2016

Glad you guys are liking it - I wasn't sure if it was just me ....

Aug 11, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Old Scratch

Canada

613 posts since 6/22/2016

I just thought I'd put this one up front and center again in case anyone who might be interested missed it - then I'll let it fade away.

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