- Joseph Allard (fiddler)
Joseph Allard (
February 1, 1873– November 14, 1947) was a Canadian violoneuxand composer. He occasionally recorded under the pseudonym Maxime Toupin. Allard made many popular recordings, including " Reel de l'Aveugle", " Reel de Chateauguay", " Reel de Jacques Cartier", and " Reel du voyageur". During most of his life he was rarely in the public eye, and worked much of his life as a fisherman. After his recordings became popular, he was known as "The Prince of Fiddlers". [cite web|url = http://www.mp3.com/artist/joseph-allard/summary/|title = Joseph Allard|author = Eugene Chadbourne]
Allard's birthplace is reported both as
1 February 1873in Woodland, Maineand as 1 July 1873in Châteauguay, Quebec. His family was living in Quebecwhen he was quite young. Allard's father was a violoneux, and when Allard reached the age of nine he was instructed in fiddling.cite web|url = http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&TCE_Version=U&ArticleId=U0000051&mState=1|title = Allard, Joseph|publisher = Encyclopedia of Music in Canada] Allard remained in Quebec until the age of sixteen, when he moved back to the United States, where he began to enter fiddling competitions.
Allard entered fiddling competitions through-out the
New England, winning competitions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Islandand Connecticut. While in the United States, he met and married Alexina Couillard. Scottish and Irish musicians he met there taught him a number of Reals and Gigues.cite web|url = http://www.piedslegers.qc.ca/jeunesse/entree/Monteregie/mont-musique/mont-musique.html|title = Une musique ensorcelante|publisher = Les Pieds Léger de Laval] He continued to travel and play in the United States until 1917, when he returned to Canada and settled near Montreal. Allard was one of five fiddlers to represent Quebec at a worldwide competition held in Lewiston, Mainein 1926, alongside Johnny Boivin, A. S. Lavallée, Médard Bourgieand Ferdinand Boivin. [cite web|url = http://www.lac-bac.gc.ca/gramophone/m2-1049-e.html|title = Joseph Allard|publisher = Collections Canada] In 1928, Victor's Bluebird labelcontracted him to make recordings for them, and he produced 75 78s in his career. He would record six more under the pseudonym Maxime Toupin. Allard was one of the first French Canadians fiddler's to record commercially. cite journal|title = Review: Canadian and Canadian-American Music|author = Paul F. Wells|journal = The Journal of American Folklore|volume = 91|number = 361|date = July 1978|pages = 879–884|url = http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0021-8715%28197807%2F09%2991%3A361%3C879%3ACACM%3E2.0.CO%3B2-U|doi = 10.2307/538698] Apart from traditional songs, Allard wrote around sixty songs of his own.
In 1976, a former student of Allard's,
Jean Carignanreleased " Jean Carignan rend hommage à Joseph Allard", a tribute album to Allard. Carigan began studying with Allard in 1926, and eventually learnt most of Allard's repertoire. [cite journal|title = Jean Carignan rend hommage à Joseph Allard, Henri Landry, Danses Pour Veillées Canadiennes|author = Paul F. Wells|journal = Ethnomusicology|volume = 21|number = 2|date = May, 1977|pages = 351–353|url = http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0014-1836%28197705%2921%3A2%3C351%3AJCRHAJ%3E2.0.CO%3B2-O|month = May|year = 1977|issue = 2]
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