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A Taste of Quebec in Tennessee

We waited for a good snow fall before making use of the Quebec maple syrup given us by wonderful folks in Sherbrooke last summer. They told us to poach eggs with it. Many thanks to Révérends Réal et Chantale Paul-Hus et de l'Église Sur Le Roc.

Year End Review 2014

With somewhere around 60 or more performances and workshops in 2014, I've had a busy year of music and storytelling. Add on teaching in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University, private teaching, and recording a few tracks for a new album and it's been even busier. Of course, last year was busy, too, but getting married in May and taking my wife Cathy on tour with me made this year unforgettable and wonderful. Our travels took us far and wide. There are already a few gigs lined up for the beginning of 2015. The first is on January 8th, for the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. 

This year I began work on some new music and storytelling projects, but the first to go public is a new website project, Border Fiddle. I'm excited about building up a collection of Michigan tunes there. Each year, my musical and storytelling endeavors expand, and I trust and hope 2015 will reflect that as well. In fact, before long I will probably be announcing a new kind of musical endeavor for this year. Stay tuned. 

All in all, 2014 has been an exciting year. Thank You, Lord Jesus.



Cajun Christmas Special: Silent Night

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus our Savior into the darkness of this world. This is a gift from myself and the Bidgood family to you all for this season. This is our original Cajun arrangement of Silent Night. If you enjoy it, please share the video.