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Finlay McDonell

2015 Jun

By reputation, conviction and action, Finlay McDonell has spent a lifetime supporting all of what Glengarry means to those lucky enough to live there. Born in Greenfield to John Archie and Flora, he was reared in a household where Celtic and Old Tyme music was a fixture. His father played the fiddle and chorded on […]

Frederick Leroux

2015 Jun

Born on May 6th, 1937 in Monkland to Wilfred and Angeline (Quesnel) Leroux. Fred’s early life influences included his mother’s stories about her father, Peter Quesnel who played the violin. Encouraged by his family, he played the fiddle by ear and only later did he take any only formal musical education, a violin class instructed […]

Robert Kitts

2015 Jun

Robert Kitts was born in his family home on the South Branch Road in Glengarry County in 1936. He began his piping career in 1951 at the age of fifteen; he lied about his age and joined the militia of the SD&G Highlanders. Shortly after joining, he started to learn to play the pipes. His […]

John Angus MacDonald

2015 Jun

John Angus was born April 15, 1898 near Munroe’s Mills. Although there is nothing to indicate when he started playing the fiddle, there is a photo of him holding a mandolin while overseas during WWI; therefore, we can make the assumption that he started playing early in his childhood. His sister, Mary Frances, was given […]

Joan P. MacDonald

2015 Jun

Born in Vankleek Hill, Joan Patricia Barton was the middle child of a family of eleven. A family of minimal means, Joan began to develop her musical talents when her grandfather paid for her to take piano lessons with the Sisters of Mary at the convent. In addition to her piano playing, Joan learned to […]