James Bay Fiddle Music
Fiddle music was first introduced to the Cree and other tribes sometime in last half of the eighteenth century by Scottish servants from the Orkney Islands employed by the Hudson's Bay Company. The fiddle and it's music easily captivated the Cree and presented a new language of exchange for both cultures. The Crees and other tribes across the country learned to play the fiddle but like most oral traditions, the tunes required some changes in the patterns and rhythms that sort of brought a new genres of music. It is said that the each Cree fiddler presents their own style. Harry House, a Cree now 37 of the Cree community of Chisasibi located at the mouth of the La Grande River on the east coast of James Bay Quebec has been playing since the age of 14 'self-taught' he says from watching family members and listening to other locals play. Self-taught fiddlers is common among Crees. It's like the old traditional tunes that have been passed on for generations past, fiddle music has found a place in Cree culture in dances, celebrations and special occasions. Harry House presents his own unique versions of fiddle tunes past on from generations past that can make the ghosts of Orkney Islands dance into the night. Enjoy!!