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Page 6 - With Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1987/8/1 (356 reads)

sometimes I'd play with them, you know, a little background with them. That's how I learned all those old songs. I learned doz? ens of them. They were mostly seafaring songs, old seafaring songs. (So here you are 16 years old, and you on? ly had one influence in your life as a mu? sician. Is that fair to say?) Yes, that's fair to say. That's not lying at all. But there were a couple of old violin players that used to tour around the country. They weren't married or anything. They were just sort of--they weren't hoboes or any? thing, but they were just, you know, knock? abouts. Archie Gwinn--one of the Gwinns from Cape North. I wouldn't know too much about his background. He died in St. Pe? ter's, a very old man, probably 90. And I remember him being at our house. He'd come down maybe once or twice through the win? ter and spend a night or two. And that was the only thing, after hearing my father. that I got ahold of, any help. And I learned a lot from him, learned a lot of tunes from him. And there was a MacDonald fellow, Hughie MacDonald, Bay Road Valley. Hector Hugh MacDonald, we called him. I used to listen to him play for picnics. He played for pic? nics before I could play. And when I took over, that put him out of that j ob. And of course, there were a lot of good players came up when I was coming up. There was a MacKinnon family in Smelt Brook, Willie MacKinnon. And his boys started to learn to play the violin, which some of them turned out pretty good. And the MacDougalls from Sugarloaf. Mike Mac? Dougall and Angus MacDougall. They were still playing when I was a kid. So their boys grew up to be very good players--Hec? tor and Donald and Jack. They were 30 miles from my home. And they were good mu- ' -' "'' '' ' '' '' "ii ?? 1?WJH7f ' - '' ' '''t'''BiB'' 1 The number of forest fires in Cape Breton is increasing. ,''&< } ' ' <'M''''''''' ? Last year between April and October, 90 were reported. ''M'??> ?'''fe'''''''P''y'''''f_>t,' lili'' Fortunately, fast action by Lands and Forests crews and ''''''''''''''''ffi',-iJ|,A|'''''MB volunteer firefighters put them out before they did g'''''S/'.''''''''''''''''Bjl'' much damage. Because even a small brush fire can get lll'''ffJ'''''''''''''''''''BI'' out of control and ignite nearby trees in seconds, early iiM|i'''i,'apWI'' detection is essential WHERE TO REACH US If you see a fire in or near ttie woods, contact your locai Lands and Forests office or Sub-Ranger immediately. If tliere is no answer, call Zenitti 40000. 1 VICTORIA COUNTY Lands & Forests 295-2554 Provincial Building or *Baddeck 295-2771 Lands & Forests Baddeck Depot *ShoreRoad 295-2300 Sub-Rangers George Cheverie Baddeck 295-2177 R. MacDonald Washabuckt 622-2441 Douglas W. Jackson Ingonish 285-2502 Jack MacDonald Tarbot 929-2781 Allister N. Maclnnis North Shore 929-2347 John A. Curtis Bay St. Lawrence 383-2293 *for Industrial Permits INVERNESS COUNTY Lands & Forests 756-2339 Office or Whycocomagh 756-2298 Office Margaree 248-2029 Sub-Rangers Martin Burns Margaree Harbour 235-2235 Clovis Chaisson Grand Etang 224-2695 Andrew Timmons Pleasant Bay 224-2075 Kenny Maclnnis Orangedale 756-2370 Martin Cameron Margaree Forks 248-2455 Harold MacDonald Mabou Harbour 945-2683 RICHMOND COUNTY Lands & Forests Provincial Building *St. Peters 535-2032 Sub-Rangers Glen Diggdon West Arichat 226-2278 Thonias Matthews Grand Anse 345-2944 Roger MacLeod Grand River 587-2871 Dan Norman MacLeod Stirling 884-2794 Donald MacLeod Loch Lomond 587-2288 Charles Cavanagh Martinique 226-3143 * for Permits Prior to 5 p.m. CAPE BRETON COUNTY Lands & Forests Depot 564-6389 & Forest Station or 'Coxheath 564-8387 Sub-Ranger Main-a-Dieu & area: Roy Perry Little Lorraine 733-2664 Boularderie Island Keith Bain 674-2040 Big Bras d'Or *for Industrial Permits or Permits Prior to 5 p.m. if no answer at Lands & Forests or Sub-Rangers, all areas call: ZENITH 40000 Do Your Part... Prevent Forest Fires Nova Scotia And Don't Forget '"'Nrjwl'"' '-''''''' provisions of the Forest Act "No persons shall make, kindle '*J' or start a fire on land within a wood, forest or forest area or within L, '''' 'kana.4rMan?? '? 1,000 feet of same without such a permit between April 1st and October 15th in the counties of Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, 1 a #i w c t Annapolis, Kings and Lunenburg and in all other counties between Lanas ana horests April 15th and October 15th." Honourable Ken streatch Failure to comply wlth the above may result in 3 fine of up to $500.00 ''"'"''' or 6 months or botii.
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