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Learning the accordion by listening to other players : accordion playing with Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
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Descriptive TitleLearning the accordion by listening to other players : accordion playing with Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
TopicMusic and song
Person as TopicCombden, Melvin
DescriptionSince there was not much entertainment on Fogo Island, someone interested in the accordion would hang around someone who could play. Melvin Combden spent time with his cousin Harry Everly, who was a good accordion player, to pick up his method of playing. When he was old enough to get his own accordion, Melvin already had an idea of how to play by watching others.
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
Extent00:44 minutes; 8.3 MB
TypeMoving Image
Resource TypeVideo
IdentifierICHFP00137
LanguageEng
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.LCSHPlaying by ear
DownloadableYes
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