An Old Time Fiddling Tradition Lives on in the Musquodoboit Valley!
Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre is home to the Annual Kirk Logan Old Time Fiddling Contest. Each year, on the last Saturday of September, our historic old theatre in Middle Musquodoboit comes alive with fiddle music.
The Kirk Logan Old Time Fiddling Contest was named for Kirk Logan (1921-1997), champion fiddler who represented the Musquodoboit Valley at Old Time Fiddling Contests throughout Eastern Canada for over fifty years.
Born in Upper Musquodoboit on Aug. 16, 1921, and taught by his grandfather, Albert Logan, Kirk learned to play the fiddle at the age of 13. He played for his first dance in 1937 at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Middle Musquodoboit and this began a career of fiddling for dances that extended across six decades.
He played in his first fiddling contest in Dartmouth, in 1945. His home was in Centre Musquodoboit, but he would alway register himself as "Kirk Logan - Musquodoboit". He was a regular fiddler for several years during and after the War at Lloyd Creelman's dances at the South Branch Dance Hall, at Keir Murphy's Dance Hall in Moose River, and in Elderbank at the Innis & Keddy Recreation Hall. Kirk played with Elmer MacKinnon and "The Acadians" in the Truro area throughout the 1970s and '80s. In the 1980s and '90s he played regularly for dances at the Fellowship Hall in Upper Musquodoboit.
Kirk Logan was a three-time champion in the over-60 class at the Maritime Old-Time Fiddling Contest in Dartmouth, a four-time winner in the same class at the New Brunswick Fiddling Contest in Sackville, N.B., and a winner twice in the over 60 class at the Down East Old Time Fiddling Contest in Lower Sackville, N.S.
Kirk took up teaching the fiddle when he was in his '70s, and in the last years of his life did much to pass on the tradition he had inherited to a new generation of musicians who have taken their own place on stage at the Bicentennial Theatre in recent years.
In 1996 Kirk Logan volunteered to assist the Board of Directors for the Bicentennial Theatre to organize their own Ol' Time Fiddling Contest. At that first contest it was announced that the contest henceforth would be named "The Kirk Logan Old Time Fiddling Contest."
Before his death, on July 13, 1997, Kirk released his only recording. Grandfather's Grandson: The Old-Time Fiddle of Musquodoboit's Kirk Logan, released in 1996, featured some of his original compositions, including "Rainy Reel" and the "Ox Bow Reel", demonstrating his mastery of the instrument.
Pictured below is Mel MacPhee, age 93 in 2015. Mel has competed in all 20 Kirk Logan competitions.
|12 Yrs. and Under||1st||Miriam Hicks, Westcock, NB|
|2nd||Marlese Carter, Aulac NB|
|3rd||Samira George, Dartmouth, NS|
|18 years and under:||1st||Madeline Carter, Aulac, N.B.|
|2nd||Klorisa Farnsworth, Pictou, NS|
|3rd||Rowan Larsen, Westville, NS|
|60 Yrs. and Over||1st||Lormier Higgins, Bridgewater , N.S|
|2nd||Mary Smith, North Rustico, P.E.I.|
|3rd||Alastair MacDonald, Dartmouth, N.S|
|Open Class||1st||Andrew Kent, Cheverie, N.S..|
|2nd||Amelie deArcos, Moncton, N.B.|
|3rd||Scott Locke, Lower Sackville, N.S|
Congratulations to Overall Winner ANDREW KENT, Cheverie NS
21st Annual Kirk Logan Old-Time Fiddle Contest 2016
The 21st Annual Kirk Logan Old-Time Fiddle Contest will take place on Saturday September 24th, 2016 at 1pm. Tickets will be $15 and will be available on our website and in the village at Reid's and Haverstock's as of September 1, 2016. To register as a contestant please contact event coordinator, Robin Fulton at (902) 384-2619. You can also send or drop off your completed entry form at the MVBT office and we will be sure to pass it on!
Show YOUR Support !
There are a variety of ways you can become involved and show your support for YOUR community theatre! It takes an army of volunteers to produce a show such as the Kirk Logan Fiddling Contest, so if you're inclined to have some fun, please sign up to help out as:
- ticket seller
- time keeper
- mike adjuster
- canteen staff
If you have skills you'd like to put to good use, please contact the Office (902) 384-2819.