The Fiddlers of James Bay

This short documentary traces the history of the fiddle’s arrival in Canada 300 years ago via Scottish traders from Orkney Island. The Cree population of what is now Northern Québec adopted the instrument, and many contemporary Cree residents are master fiddlers. In this film, two Cree fiddlers travel to the Orkney Islands, the birthplace of the music they learned from their fathers and grandfathers. The film captures the warmth and good will of this reunion.

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Film Credits

director
Bob Rodgers
producer
Bob Rodgers
Mark Zannis
Gail Singer
script
Mark Zannis
David Wilson
photography
Richard A. Stringer
David Peat
sound
Bob Lower
Gail Singer
Ian Leslie
Bob Robb
editing
David Wilson
sound editing
Donald Douglas
Danuta Klis
re-recording
Hans Peter Strobl
Adrian Croll

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