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Garry Lepine (b. 1950): Metis Fiddler

Garry Lepine (b. 1950): Metis Fiddler

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Garry Lepine a Metis fiddler from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba is profiled.
Garry Lepine a Metis fiddler from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba is profiled.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Sep 22, 2013
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Garry Lepine: Metis Fiddler
Born in Birtle, Manitoba and raised in St. Lazarre, Garry moved to Portage La Prairirewhen he was 16 and lives there this day.
In 1987
the senior division of the fiddlingcompetition at “Back to Batoche” was won by Garry Lepine, it was the first time he hadentered the Batoche contest. He has also been featured at Metisfest at the InternationalPeace Gardens, and has been regularly featured at Fiddler’s Hall at Belcourt, N.D.In 2005 the MMF honoured Garry for his support of Metis music and culture byinducting him into the Manitoba Metis Music Hall of Fame
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Garry’s accomplishmentsinclude
 
five CDs and composing over 50 tunes,
 
 providing dance music for the video “TheDances of the Metis” (li dawns di Michif). His playing can also be heard thought the National Film Board video “How the Fiddle Flows”. He has played with numerous bandsover the years but prefers these days to participate as a special guest or play for squaredances. In 2012, at age 61, Garry Lepine was inducted into the Manitoba FiddleAssociation Wall of Fame.Lepine notes he started playing at the age of two imitating his dad, who was also a greatmusician, and still plays his dad's fiddle to this day. Lepine remembers fondly an oldsyrup pail which he sat on and copied his dad for hours and hours, rubbing together twosticks. He says at the age of 9 he began playing at dances and would get paid a case of Coca Cola or a bag of chips and, at that time, that was more than enough. He adds hisfavourite is playing for people and at dances but his dream is to one day play a stage in Nashville, even if it's for a minute.

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