Music Bookmarks for Pierre  Last Updated January 2023

Back to my main menu

Recent Favourites

Vinyl Cafe Recommendations

No Longer With Us

Instruments, Shopping

Media and Concert Schedules

Software Free Music

Learn to Play - Lyrics


Pubs etc...

Youtube Videos


Jan 29 1997
Jan 4 1960 (As seen in Pete Seeger's "How To Play the
" book  -  Thanks to

Some of my favourite musicians

Trac4! with old friend Leslie Lepine

Bernie Gilmore A good ol' friend
- Scallywag Photo Gallery
Bernie Gilmore's Photo Gallery
    Bernie's Wordpress
    Bernie's sonicbid EPK

One Big Smyle

New website for One Big Smyle - My current group

2021 One Big Smyle

Current music book


The Knickelsworth - My high school group

Tulip Valley Boys

Tulip Valley Boys My group in the college days - re-union 2006

A funny you Tube clip

HomeRoutes - online concerts
Oliver Schroer - Canadian fiddler and composer (bio
Oli Fiddle Concert from CBC
Review of Oli's movie "Silence and the Heart of Things"
Friends of Oli with quotes from "Oli interviews Oli"
- Jack Grunsky - "He always sang a special song for me - 'Puff the Magic Dragon'"
- Anne Lederman - "She taught me a bunch of those Metis tunes, and they really opened my eyes as to what a crooked tune could do."

A piece about Oli from Dirty Linen #90
Emilyn Stam - piano accompaniast for Oliver's "Smithers" album

Paul Odegaard banjo suite

Chelsea Sleep - another Oli student
Delhi 2 Dublin - Oli played in this band, Vancouver
Horse Opera - an old friend from Hemer, Jon Mcgrath
The Autistix - a group of autistic musicians
GoatNote - Emilyn's new group
Photo gallery of Oliver Schroer by Angela Browne
Jaime Rokeby RT - another fiddler mentored by Oli
David Francey - Penguin Eggs' Album of the Year - 2001, 2003, 1004
Marian Call - Volvo Song
Terry Rielly - The Teddybear Man
- Terry at my house
Colin James
David Clayton-Thomas - Read his book
Flogging Molly
Lara St. John - classical violin
The Once - trio based out of St. John's
"No Banjo" - Galway Ireland
Colin Grant - Maritime Fiddler
Bruce Cockburn
James Keelaghan
Bela Fleck - banjoist extrordinaire
Casey Driessen - 5-string fiddler
Bob Walsh
Lisa Hannigan - Ireland
Les Trois Accords (the three chords)
Damien Rice - ireland
Nikki Yanofsky - 14 year-old jazz singer
John Fogerty
Godon Bok - singer song writer , wood carver, sailor
Stan Rogers Garnet Rogers - little brother of Stan  Nathan Rogers - son of Stan
Eileen Laverty
Levon Helm
Rae Spoon
The Cooper Brothers
The Waterboys
Kevin Mark - my cousin Mary's blues playing son
James Gordon - Guelph Friend and producer of Bernie's
Kate and Hollis - Former colleague at Treasury Board
Abigail Washburn - Chinese speaking banjo player
Doc Watson
Gillian Welch
Dan Crary - bluegrass guitarist, plays fiddle tunes
jung turks - an Irish Band
Kim Barlow

++++ Recent Favourites +++

Mary Flowers - acoustic blues
Mumford and Sons
Brendan MacFarlane - a young Scottish blues singer
Tannis Slimmon - Bob's review
Quinn Sullivan - Buddy Guy's protege - plays guitar and sings like a 50 year-old
Nic Jones - British singer guitarist
Sam Carter
Rachel Unthank and The Winterset
Paul Brady
Old Man Luedecke
Trent Severn

+++++ Festivals +++++

Recordings from Fox Hollow
Stewart Park Festival - Perth
Kemptville Music Festival
Ottawa BluesFest
  - My photos of 2013
What's your blues name?
Ottawa Folk Festival
Ottawa Jazz Festival
Home County Music Festival - London
  - Slide show 2013
Canterbury Folk Festival
Blue Sky Folk Fest - Ohio
Blue Skies Music Festival - Ontario near Perth

+++++ Pubs and other venues ++++++

BaseLine Pub Ottawa
Spirit of Rasputin's

++++ Clubs and Associations++++

The Banjo Hangout

Ottawa Valley Bluegrass Society
Leading Note Foundation
5-String Violins
SOCAN - Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
Banjo players BLOG - lots of videos
Rasputin's Ottawa  - Fire at Rasputin's, Dean decides to retire

++++ Vinyl Cafe Recommendations ++++

Stuart McLean
Stuart McLean 1948-2014

Stuart was a family friend, especially of my brother ItChe. He did a story about my brother in May 2014, you can hear it here. He also wrote a wonderful tribute to my Mom.  And one more story about friends and family, when my friend a colleague Mary lost her engagement ring diamond.

The CBC story about Stuart  is a good summary of his wonderful life and Billboard also mentions his time at Camp Kanawana. Their site has a link to make a donation to the camp in his honour. A CBC radio program "Canada's Storyteller: A Tribute to Stuart McLean".

Sundays at noon just aren't the same without his stories.

Remember him when you cook the turkey at Christmas.

Matt Epp
Ruth Moody
Harry Manx
Matt Anderson
Angie Nussey
Jason Lang - son of Penny Lang and Dave VanRonk
Petra Hayden - violin and a capella
Melissa McClelland
Chef Michael Smith - PEI
Tanya Davis
Royal Wood
Serena Ryder
Dala Girls
Outlaw Social - Victoria BC, 5 piece traditional string band
Michael Smith - Chef
Ron Sexsmith
Oliver Schroer - Canadian fiddler and composer

Vinyl Cafe Regular Musicians

John Sheard - piano player
Dennis Pendrith
- bass player
Chris Whiteley - horn

Vinyl Cafe Stories

Richard's story
Mary's Lost Ring

++++ Musicians and others that are no longer with us +++

Ian Tyson - September 25, 1933 – December 29, 2022

Ian Dawson Tyson CM AOE was a Canadian singer-songwriter who wrote several folk songs, including "Four Strong Winds" and "Someday Soon", and performed with partner Sylvia Tyson as the duo Ian & Sylvia.

Mike O'Reilly, June 2, 2021
Also known as Mike, Bolt, Cecil and Banjo.
Back in my univeristy days we'd see him as Bolt Upright and the Erections. He also had a serious group, Cody, with an album called "Alive and Still Pickin'".  We often crossed paths on stages around town. I made at least two recordings of him that you can enjoy here.  One at Camp Fortune and the other at my high school, St. Pat's.  Turn the volume way up loud for this one.   Read more here.
Gord Downie Gord Downie February 6 1954 - October 17, 2017

The 10-city, 15-show blitz across the country started in Victoria and ended in the Hip’s hometown of Kingston.

The final show, on Aug. 20, 2016, was held at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre on 1 Tragically Hip Way and counted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau among the attendees.

“Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived “the life” for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one,” the band’s statement said Wednesday.

CBC article here
Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958),  Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.
Stuart McLean
Stuart McLean 1948-2014

Stuart was a family friend, especially of my brother ItChe. He did a story about my brother in May 2014, you can hear it here. He also wrote a wonderful tribute to my Mom.  And one more story about friends and family, when my friend a colleague Mary lost her engagement ring diamond.

The CBC story about Stuart  is a good summary of his wonderful life and Billboard also mentions his time at Camp Kanawana. Their site has a link to make a donation to the camp in his honour. A CBC radio program "Canada's Storyteller: A Tribute to Stuart McLean".

Sundays at noon just aren't the same without his stories.

Remember him when you cook the turkey at Christmas.
B.B. King
B. B. King 1925-2015

BB King, who has died aged 89, was the most influential blues musician of his generation and the music’s most potent symbol. He represented the blues as Louis Armstrong once represented jazz, a single performer who could nevertheless stand, and speak, for the whole genre.

CBC news

I saw him at BluesFest 2014 and he was still great with the one note melodies.

"The Thrill is Gone"

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker 1944-2014

English rock and blues singer and musician who came to popularity in the 1960s. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of the Beatles. Cocker's cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969.

From the BBC


What a beautiful sweet voice he had.

The wonderful Jesse Winchester passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.  He died peacefully in his sleep, at home, after fighting bladder cancer. He was 69 years old.

The Brand New Tennessee Waltz

Oh my, but you have a pretty face
You favor I girl that I knew
I imagine that she's back in Tennessee
And by God, I should be there too
I've a sadness too sad to be true

Pete Seeger born 3 May 1919 died 27 January 2014

CBC article.

He is one of the reasons my favourite instrument is the banjo.. His book really got me going on that road.  Some videos: "We Shall Overcome interview" 
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

ABC News
with Sonny Terry Brownie McGee
Pete Seeger the Power of Song (2hrs)
Pete and Ramblin' Jack

Zachery Konowalchuk

Zachery Konowalchuk 1988-2012

The youngest and most recent memberof the Tulip Valley Boys,  He is the son of the TVB's main character, Davey Konowalchuk.  He died October 8, 2012 in his home town of Newport Oregon where he was well known for his accomplished music skills.

An article here in the TheNewGaurd and another here with a video clip.  Another video of Zackery here.

I first met Zach at our  TVB re-union in 2006 at my place.  That's where this photo was taken.  Our hearts and songs go out to Davey.

Doc Watson Mar 3, 1923 - May 29, 2012 Press Release / Memory Book

I had a "Music of Doc Watson" book - 1971 - that taught me how I should play the guitar.    "Brown's Ferry Blues" is one of my favourite pieces when I pick up a guitar or banjo.  And here he is playing Deep RiverBlues.  I just discovered that he wrote "Your Long Journey", a great song for a last song.

Thanks for all the pickin' Doc

God's given us years of happiness here
Now we must part
And as the angels come and call for you
The pangs of grief tug at my heart

Oh my darling my darling
My heart breaks as you take
Your lone journey

 Levon Helm 1940-2012 (obituary)

He played with people like Ronnie Hawkins, Robbie Robertson and Garth Huson.  In 1965, Bob Dylan got Levon and the Hawks to back him up to the sounds of booing from folkie crowds.  Dylan and the band took up residence in Woodstock N.Y. where they rented a big pink house.  Woodstock residents just called them "the band" and that name stuck with their first album "Music from Big Pink".  In 1998, Levon was diagnosed with throat cancer.  He battled it well and was performing again.  I heard him at the Ottawa Folk Festival last summer while I was at a Serenca Ryder concert.  Between songs, Serena heard "The Weight"  and she started to sing along.  That was a memorable moment.  Hear Levon here.

"Don't want no sorrowFor this old orphan boyI don't want no cryingOnly tears of joyI'm gonna see my motherGonna see my fatherAnd I'll be bound for gloryIn the morningWhen I go away."

Kate McGarrigle 1946 – 2010

Kate and sister Anna McGarrigle were born to sing together and they did all their lives.  Kate had two children who were also imersed in music - Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright.

A tribute by Stuart McLean here.

Taylor Mitchell

Taylor Mitchell 1990-2009

A 19-year-old folk singer from Toronto died after being attacked by two coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Praised by such Canadian luminaries as Lynn Miles, Justin Rutledge, and Michael Johnston, Taylor has just released her debut full length recording “For Your Consideration“- a collection of mostly original songs that showcases a range of styles, from folk to country-rock to pop, and reflects the diversity of her talent.

In 2006, Taylor met Suzie Vinnick, a Maple Blues award-winning artist. The two forged an instant connection, and went on to co-write two songs that appear on “For Your Consideration”.

Mary Travers  November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009
Of course, the last name in "Peter, Paul and Mary" but first in the minds of most healty males of my age.  I think we all fell in love with that beautiful blond that could also sing.  Tributes from Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey.

Oliver Schroer

Oliver Schroer June 18, 1956 - July 3, 2008

An amzing fiddler, composer, teacher and many other things.  I only discovered Oli in January 2008 when Stuart McLean mentioned him as a closing song on his Vinyl Cafe.  Unfortunatley, he was mentioning Oli because of his illness.  I have since become a great admirer of him and it has causud me to use my fiddle much more. Plus, I now have a 5-string fiddle. I have many of his CDs and listen to them constantly.  His website has many tributes to him. Thanks to Peter Coffman for this photo of Oli at his "Last Concert on His Tour of This Planet", June 5, 2008.  Peter walked with Oli on the Camino de Santiago trail which led to the music in the CD "Camino".

Jeff Healey

Jeff Healey March 25, 1966 - March 2, 2008
Guitarist and bandleader Jeff Healey dies in Toronto hospital
Following a lengthy struggle with cancer, Healey passes away on the eve of the release of a new blues rock album
Jeff Healey, arguably one of the most distinctive guitar players of our time, died today (Sunday March 2) in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto. He was 41, and leaves his wife, Cristie, daughter Rachel (13) and son Derek (three), as well as his father and step-mother, Bud and Rose Healey, and sisters Laura and Linda.

John Allen

John Allen Cameron 1938-2006 a number of tributes here and here
On April 13, 2003, John was honoured by his family, friends and fans at the Bow and Arrow in Toronto, in celebration of his induction into the Order of Canada, to be presented to him later this year in Ottawa by the Governor of Canada. John Allan is receiving his OC in recognition of his efforts for over 30 years in establishing and growing the wonderful Celtic music scene in Canada.

Dave Van Ronk

Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk - 1936-2002
His name is inextricably linked, first and foremost, to the folk music scene in New York City's Greenwich Village in the 1960s. He played with and knew virtually everyone of musical significance in that decade.
July 2013 - Cohen brothers are making a movie about him - here.
I just finishedhis book "The Mayor of MacDougal Street".  Great.


Doug Riley April 24, 1945 – August 27, 2007

In 2003 he was named a
Member of the Order of Canada

Stan Rogers November 29, 1949 – June 2, 1983
Rogers was noted for his rich, baritone voice and his finely-crafted, traditional-sounding songs which were frequently inspired by Canadian history and the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the Canadian prairies. News of the accident and a wonderful part of the documentary One Warm Line.


John Hartford  December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001
John Hartford was an American original. He was a musician, songwriter, steamboat pilot, author, artist, disc jockey, calligrapher, dancer, folklorist, father, and historian.

++++ Instruments, Instrument Makers, Shopping, Parts, Books and CD's +++

Kelly Guitars made from old wood
Banjos and parts Rickard Banjo
a href="">String instruments parts - Smakula
a href="">The making of a violin video
Romero Banjos - Horesfly B.C.
Dan Thrasher - Red Maple Guitars - London Ont.
Olivia Pelling violins Ottawa
Linda Manzer - guitar maker
Replacing the skin on a banjo
Another skin replacement but with the excess inside

Shopping Ottawa

TheSoundPost - violins
Bytown Fiddle Shoppe
Folklore Cenre
Steve's Music
Long & McQuade
St. John's
ClassAxe Kemptville
Spaceman Music - was Song Bird on Gladstone

Amazing violins
Installing a violin bridge
Violin construction videos
Roland MT-32 resource
More midi
And more midi
Everything you wanted to know about microphones
More Violin Bridges
Violin Bridge Assembly
Violin Shop in Ottawa
SpaceMan Music - formerly Songbird music - used instruments Ottawa
Violin Sizes
Chris Dixon - UILLEANN BAGPIPE maker from Ottawa
Guitar Master - learn to play
Clasic guitar and amp parts
Ottawa Folklore Centre - instruments
Ottawa Songbird Music - used instruments
CDBABY - self published CD's
Bob Dylan Lyrics
Make a Hurdy Gurdy for $20 and other instruments

++++ Radio and other programs +++

Tiny Desk concerts NPR
Neil Young Archives
Chez 106
92.3 Jack FM Playlist

Folk Alley website
Folk Alley YouTube channel
Rolling Stone Magazine
 - DisQus discussion group
Beat Magazine - reviews bu Bob Cunningham
Noisetrade - free downloads from new artists
CBC Music Downloading
Vinyl Cafe Archives - broadcasts concerts
Ottawa Young String Performers Foundation
CBC Radio
CBC - Deep Roots
Ron Moore's Back 40
Penguin Eggs - A Canadian folk music magazine
Merlin in Rags - blog about reviews of old albums
SubCity Radio - Glasgow
British Library of Sound recordings - many free
Norman Lear's "Playing For Change"
Jamendo - Free and legal music downloads
PC Planets music download
The Lefsetz Letter
The Morning Show - Minnesota PBS
Denis Elsas - interviews under the archives link
Wolf Gang's Vault
Spaghetti Western - classical/blue grass/whatever...
The Great Canadian Music Book
Banjo Magazine

++++ My YouTube Videos +++

One Big Smule
Camera Club Christmas
2014 School of Rock Part I - Helen on drums
2014 School of Rock Part II - Helen on drums

++++ Music History +++

Ian Bell - Ontario Traditional Music Library

++++ Music Software +++

Free sheet music and recordings
RoseGarden documentation
LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio
AV Linux
Audacity - recording software
Bernie Gilmore - backup site
A-Tunes media player - GNU - Free

++++ Learn to Play/Sing +++

BanjoDude tabs

One Big Smyle Song Books
 - Current
 - Christmas
Candee-io tutorial by sam Carter
Guitar chords to songs with transposing ability
Lee Hayes - is actually teaching Andy to sing! So she must be good :-)
Sean Ray - good videos on banjo and guitar
Cowpie Lyrics - with chords
Voice and Singing with Barcley MacMillan
Violin Lessons
Violin lessonson YouTube
Moreonline Violin instruction
The Hammer Band - Moshe Hammer
Clawhammer bamjo
Chord Ruler for all instruments
Guitar Videos - include free booklets

Back to my main menu

My Favourtite Musicians

Vinyl Cafe Recommendations

No Longer With Us




Learn to Play