Community Music in Alberta: Some Good School House Stuff!

By George W. Lyon

© 1999

An album of photographs and musical experiences during the first century of Alberta's history. Explore Alberta's astonishing musical heritage, from brass bands and minstrel shows to Ukrainian folk music and symphonies, from native singers to Wilf Carter.

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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.3in x 0.4in x 11.0in
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Community Music in Alberta: Some Good School House Stuff!

By George W. Lyon

© 1999

An album of photographs and musical experiences during the first century of Alberta's history. Explore Alberta's astonishing musical heritage, from brass bands and minstrel shows to Ukrainian folk music and symphonies, from native singers to Wilf Carter.

Product Details

  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.3in x 0.4in x 11.0in

Here is an examination of the roots of prairie music that is long overdue . . . music from everywhere on earth, melded and coupled to the vigorous pulse of the Alberta countryside.

-Sid Marty, author of Leaning on the Wind


George Lyon has done a remarkably thorough job of research and approaches his subject with much affection. This is a book many people will enjoy . . . and is an important addition to prairie history and folklore. -Sharon Butala, author of Coyote's Morning Cry
George W. Lyon has been researching Alberta vernacular culture since 1984. In 1991, he co-edited, with Sid Holt of Gleichen, Alberta, an anthology of Alberta folk and popular poetry, titled A Toast to Baldy Red. Lyon teaches English at Mount Royal College in Calgary and makes music on a variety of instruments.

Acknowledgements
Introduction

One of the First Orders of the Day
The Pekisko Kids

Tempting as it may be to assumer
Crowsnest Pass Preserved by Gushul

The Voices is the first instrument
Keeping the Traditions Alive

"Band" invariably meant "Brass Band"
Fiddle Contests and Fiddle Culture

Any account of music must consider dancing

Those who provided music for dances were not always paid

Some professional musicians from Alberta?s past
Musical Instruments in Portraiture

Alberta could not avoid the cultural influence
Making Music at Home (and Work)

Country Music Has a presence in Alberta
Music is Essential at Weddings (and Elsewhere)

Native people participate in mainstream culture

Bibliography
Index