Written by Thomas McGregor
Published: August 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM [UTC]
CBC Canada reported yesterday that earlier this year, Folk Alliance International chose MacMaster to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award, joining the likes of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie and Canadian Stan Rogers.
"I never considered being a permanent violinist, you know, making a living at it. But ah, I was popular as a fiddler it seems," said in an interview this past year.
McMaster influenced every facet of fiddle music. His unique style and mastery served as inspiration for musicians, music enthusiasts, and fans. The gap that remains from his passing is vast as we are forever indebted.
The world is definitely a different place from when Buddy played his first square dance. Dances are few and hard to find. The professional musician landscape is different. And, the styles of fiddle playing has adapted to entertain new audiences. But regardless of the changes that have occurred, one thing remains the same; the legacy left by Buddy McMaster is unchanged. His legacy remains to teach us to keep striving, innovating and, over anything, keep fiddling.
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Buddy MacMaster in Judique:
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