Andy De Jarlis: The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler (Great Plains Publications)With Guest, fiddler
This is the story of Andy De Jarlis (1914-1975), a successful Métis fiddler and composer. Few music fans will know his name today, but De Jarlis's talent and contributions to Canadian music were every bit the equal of old-time fiddle icons like Don Messer and Al Cherny. Andy lived to play but his most important legacy might be his dedication to keeping Prairie Métis fiddling music alive. He had many original compositions, but he was also able to hone the sounds that he heard in his youth and copy them so they could be played by pick-up bands in dance halls across the Prairies. Now, with the resurgence of interest in fiddle music, this book will ensure Andy's contributions will be enjoyed by a new group of fans.
has played piano and accordion with bands ranging from jazz and Dixieland, to country western, old time fiddling and big bands. He played with the Andy De Jarlis orchestra until Andy’s death. He now lives in Gimli, Manitoba. is a 21 year old Fiddle player from Saskatoon. James is a three time Grand North American Fiddle Champion and has performed on the fiddle for 13 years, and gives shows frequently throughout the province at various festivals and events. His primary styles are old tyme fiddle music, and country/western swing.