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Peter Arsenault at Atlantic Jamboree, 1991

Biography

Peter Arsenault is a son of well-known Evangeline Coast player Eddy Arsenault and brother of two members of Barachois: fiddler/comedian Albert Arsenault and piano player/step-dancer Hélène Arsenault Bergeron. Peter didn't take up the fiddle until his late 20s when the inspiration to do so hit him while he was tagging along with his father and sister on a provincial good-will tour. He had the sound of his father's fiddling pretty strongly in his ear, however, he worked hard, and he is now an accomplished player. Nowadays he is one of the very few players who did not actually grow up during the traditional era to have an authentic old Island sound. He has been composing tunes for over a decade, among which are Family Breakdown, Five-Minute Rice Reel, and Mom’s Denial. He also plays an interesting unidentified reel he got from his father Eddy, refered to below as PArsenault Reel 1.

Tune Selections

Arsenault, Peter - Dragger's Reel Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - Family Breakdown Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - Farmer's Reel Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - Five-Minute Rice Reel Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - Mom's Denial / Terminal Reel Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - PArsenault Reel 1 Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - Paddy on the Turnpike, A-setting Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - Pigeon on the Gatepost / Pride of the Ball Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - Rita's Waltz Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - The Funeral Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - West Point Reel Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Oral Histories

Arsenault, Peter - Inspiration to Take Up Fiddle Got ambition to play when he accompanied his father on a provincially sponsored tour, asked father for old fiddle info and transcript

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