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Accompanying instruments: accordion playing with Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
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Descriptive TitleAccompanying instruments: accordion playing with Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
TopicMusic and song
Person as TopicCombden, Melvin
DescriptionEvelyn Osborne asks Melvin Combden what other instruments would accompany the accordion. Usually the guitar. Sometimes they would play the "silly stick" (also known as an "ugly stick"), a stick with a boot on the bottom, beer caps and a can on the top.
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
Extent01:39 minutes; 25.9 MB
TypeMoving Image
Resource TypeVideo
RepositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Folklore and Language Archive. Fogo Island Collection 2007-225
CollectionIntangible Cultural Heritage Inventory - Central Newfoundland
GPSCanada--Newfoundland--Fogo Island--Seldom-Come-By
Topic.LCSHMusical accompaniment
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