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"Mussels in the Corner": accordion playing with Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
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Descriptive Title"Mussels in the Corner": accordion playing with Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
TopicMusic and song
Person as TopicCombden, Melvin
DescriptionMelvin Combden plays "Mussels in the Corner" in two parts on his accordion. There is also a third part played on Fogo Island, which Melvin plays briefly. Evelyn Osborne knows the same two-part version, which she plays briefly on her fiddle.
Date2007-07-18
CollectorPower, Maureen
Osborne, Evelyn, 1975-
InformantCombden, Melvin
Biographical DataMelvin Combden lives on Fogo Island in the community of Seldom-Come-By. Born in 1944, he was originally from Wild Cove, which was resettled by the government during the 1950-60s. He has three children, two boys and a girl. His wife, Velma, is also from Fogo Island. Melvin is a builder and is currently building punts. He also teaches traditional row punt building at the Fogo Central Academy High School. He used to fish with his father and his brother out of Seldom-Come-By, but when the fishery closed he took a course in carpentry in order to get his trade papers. Melvin's father was a boat builder which is how he and his brother, also a boat builder, learned the trade. Melvin picked up the accordion as a young boy in Wild Cove and continues to play today, including at festivals on Fogo Island.
Location Depicted/DiscussedCanada--Newfoundland--Fogo Island--Seldom-Come-By
FormatVideo/wmv
Extent03:50 minutes; 55.2 MB
TypeMoving Image
Resource TypeVideo
IdentifierICHFP00153
LanguageEng
RepositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Folklore and Language Archive. Fogo Island Collection 2007-225
CollectionIntangible Cultural Heritage Inventory - Central Newfoundland
DownloadableYes
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