Ward Allen: Maple Sugar

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songwriter: Ward Allen

performed by: Ward Allen

date released: 1956 by Ward Allen

The late Ward Allen was one of Canada's great fiddlers. The two-step, "Maple Sugar" became anthemic among the fiddling culture of Canada.

Warden Ambrose Allen was born on a farm near Kirkton, Ontario, on May 11, 1924. The area between the counties of Perth and Huron was considered by some to be "fiddle country." Even today, square dancing can still be found on a Saturday night as well as fiddle jambourees where old Ontario repertoires are played.

At some point in his youth, Allen suffered a debilitating injury; convalescing he worked on his fiddling skills to surpass any in the area.
By the late forties, Allen became associated with a local radio station which began broadcasting his music to surrounding areas every Saturday night. CBC began picking up the transmission and the show became the Canadian equivalent to the American Grand Ole Opry.

Allen recorded his first 78 rpm in Toronto in the early fifties, and by 1954 was established at Spartan records. In 1956, Spartan released an old Ontario tune called "Back Up and Push", the b-side of which contained "Maple Sugar." "Maple Sugar" surpassed everyone's expectations and went on to become a jukebox and radio hit in Canada.

See: The Story of Maple Syrup accompanying this quiz.








There is no transcript for this quiz.
songwriter: Ward Allen

performed by: Ward Allen

date released: 1956 by Ward Allen

The late Ward Allen was one of Canada's great fiddlers. The two-step, "Maple Sugar" became anthemic among the fiddling culture of Canada.

Warden Ambrose Allen was born on a farm near Kirkton, Ontario, on May 11, 1924. The area between the counties of Perth and Huron was considered by some to be "fiddle country." Even today, square dancing can still be found on a Saturday night as well as fiddle jambourees where old Ontario repertoires are played.

At some point in his youth, Allen suffered a debilitating injury; convalescing he worked on his fiddling skills to surpass any in the area.
By the late forties, Allen became associated with a local radio station which began broadcasting his music to surrounding areas every Saturday night. CBC began picking up the transmission and the show became the Canadian equivalent to the American Grand Ole Opry.

Allen recorded his first 78 rpm in Toronto in the early fifties, and by 1954 was established at Spartan records. In 1956, Spartan released an old Ontario tune called "Back Up and Push", the b-side of which contained "Maple Sugar." "Maple Sugar" surpassed everyone's expectations and went on to become a jukebox and radio hit in Canada.

See: The Story of Maple Syrup accompanying this quiz.








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Canada's pioneer fiddler plays Maple Sugar. See companion site: The Story of Maple Syrup
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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