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The Maritime Fiddlers Association is very pleased to announce the recipient of the Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Award for 2020. Julie Johnstone is a dear friend to many, an accomplished musician and educator, and a role model, spreading kindness, volunteering and sharing her talents in her community and beyond.
The Old Time Fiddle community in Atlantic Canada is incredibly lucky to have Julie advocating for preservation, and sharing heritage and history through her music. Her passion for preservation has led her and her husband, James, to the position of co-chairs of the Maritime Fiddlers Association's Workshop Committee. Together they organize the biggest fiddle workshop in Central Nova Scotia, bringing together musicians from all over the Maritimes and beyond to receive instruction in fiddle, piano and guitar from some of the top teachers in Atlantic Canada.
I am honored to make this announcement in conjunction with the release of the MFA's new video, commemorating some highlights of Tara Lynne's musical journey. Julie was one of the lucky ones, who got to experience Tara's kindness and talent first hand. Our lives will be forever touched by Tara's talent and compassion, and we are so pleased to be able to present this award to someone we know encompasses the wonderful qualities that Tara exhibited. Julie, congratulations from all of us at the Maritime Fiddlers Association. You inspire us.
Click here to learn more about the Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Award
Our amazing team of volunteers are committed to the preservation and promotion of Old-time music.
In addition to our Executive Committee, we have several Committee Chair-persons and Advisors to represent all of the Maritime Provinces.
The Maritime Fiddlers Association promotes old time music in a variety of ways. We aim to keep Old-time fiddling a part of our culture, by supporting local fiddling events and encouraging our next generation of fiddlers to join in the fun!
Our members always look forward to receiving our quarterly e-newsletter. Our Editor, Stacey Read, delivers an information packed periodical filled with biographies, fiddle news, upcoming events and music from all over the Maritimes! To receive upcoming editions, check out the 'Become a Member' section on our home page
Every April we host a large workshop to bring together fiddlers, accompanists and fiddle fans from all across the Maritimes and beyond. The day features instructional sessions, lunch, a jam session and an evening concert.
The Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Award was founded in February 1995. It is given annually in memory of Tara Lynne, a young fiddler who was dedicated to Old-time fiddling. She displayed a deep sense of community spirit and a willingness to share her talents.
With a low membership fee of just $15 for one year or $25 for two years, you can helps us to promote old time music by supporting workshops, concerts, dances, and more. Our members receive a quarterly e-newsletter about all things fiddle. When you become a member you are contributing to the world of old time music!
Tara Lynne Touesnard was a gifted musician and all around wonderful person. This video was created to commemorate some of the highlights of her musical journey .