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Edward P Arsenault, 1992

Biography

Edward P. Arsenault grew up virtually next door to renowned fiddler Eddy Arsenault, and had that sound continually in his ear while growing up. He only started playing fiddle in his early 30s, however, after being encouraged to do so by his first wife, Marie Gallant Arsenault, who also helped him learn and perfect his initial repertoire. By the early 1990s, he had become an excellent player and – with his wife Marie ably accompanying him on piano – was much in demand to play for local dances. He had also begun composing tunes and one of his works, The Acadian Reel, had spread Island wide. He had also written several other tunes – such as Moonshine Reel, Mussel Breakdown, and Swingin’ Mémé – that featured distinctive melodies with unusual turns of phrase. Sadly, Marie passed away in the mid-1990s and for several years Edward neglected his fiddle playing. He has since remarried, relocated to his native St. Chrysostome, and is back composing and playing as well as ever. Some of his new compositions include Looking in the Porch, Pigeon on the Steeple, and Harmony Reel.

Nowadays, Edward’s usual piano accompanist is his sister Marie Arsenault Livingstone (b. 1951), who has taken up the fiddle herself and turned her hand to composing new tunes. In fact, some numbers listed below feature both brother and sister playing fiddle in tandem.

Tune Selections

Arsenault, Edward P - Acadian Breakdown Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Acadian Reel (1992) Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Acadian Reel (2006) Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Brae Reel, The Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Chaisson Reel, The Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Clamdigger's Reel / Miguel's Reel Accompanied by: Orrin Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Cornelia's Reel Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Delphine's Reel Accompanied by: Orrin Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Eddy and Amand Accompanied by: Orrin Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Farmer's Reel Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Fisherman's Reel Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Growling Old Man 2006 Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Growling Old Man, 1992 Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - John Honoree Reel #1 / John Honoree Reel #2 Accompanied by: Orrin Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Lac Des Prix Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Looking in the Porch Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Miramichi Fire, The Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Moonshine Reel (2006) Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Moonshine Reel 1992) Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Mussel Breakdown (1992) Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Mussel Breakdown (2006) Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Ottawa Valley Reel Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Pigeon on the Gatepost Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Pigeon on the Steeple / Harmony Reel Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Reel Des Macoques Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Boston Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - St. Anne's Reel Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - St. Chrysostom Reel Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Swingin' Mémé Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Oral Histories

How EP Arsenault got started Wife got him a fiddle when he was in 30s; how she helped him learn info and transcript
Music scene in St. Chrysostome Learned tunes from mother; heard Eddy Arsenault play in community; parents had lots of kitchen parties (soirées musiques); parties at Lent info and transcript

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