Ken’s Work in Folklore on Prince Edward Island

Ken has spent over twenty-five years studying the fiddle music and folklore of Prince Edward Island (PEI). According toFiddler Magazine, his tune-book The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island: Celtic and Acadian Tunes in Living Tradition (Mel Bay Publications), “rates as the most important published contribution to the study of a Canadian Maritime fiddle tradition.” He has also served as producer for three field-recording projects involving PEI. fiddlers: The Old Time Fiddlers of Prince Edward Island (Marimac), The Fiddle Music of PEI companion CD , and a two-CD set called The Prince Edward Island Style of Fiddling (Rounder).

New Developments

Ken’s book on the history and cultural background of traditional Prince Edward Island fiddling – based on oral histories collected from over 150 fiddlers and other “Islanders” – has just been published by University of Tennessee Press. The title is Couldn’t Have a Wedding Without the Fiddler: the Story of Traditional Fiddling on Prince Edward Island.

Ken is now curator of a new website devoted to PEI fiddling called Bowing Down Home (bowingdownhome.ca), based on his writing and field recordings.

Click here for some press coverage of Ken’s original P.E.I. fiddling project

Click here for sample cuts from The PEI Style of Fiddling