Howard Hancock | Bowing Down Home

Howard Hancock (right) & Keith Nicholson, 2006

Biography

On his father’s side, Howard Hancock is descended from an American Sailor who jumped ship in Charlottetown, married a local woman, and made a life for himself on the Island. Howard grew up during PEI's traditional period, and often attended local house parties and other dances. Among his near neighbors during his youth were fiddler Elliott Wight and piano player Margaret Ross MacKinnon; fiddlers Danny MacLean, Clarence MacLean, and Jimmy Halliday lived just a few miles down the road.

Hancock played some fiddle when young, gave it up for decades, then came back to it quite late in life. Even so, his playing is fluid and retains an Island flavor. He has also begun composing tunes; two of them – Burnt Woods Breakdown and Harold's Tune – are available here.

The voices of accompanists Keith Nicholson and Norman Gillis contribute to the oral history selections.

Tune Selections

Hancock, Howard - Burnt Woods Breakdown Accompanied by: Keith Nicholson, gtr; Norman Gillis, bass
Eastern Queens
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Hancock, Howard - Darlin' Nelly Grey Accompanied by: Keith Nicholson, gtr; Norman Gillis, bass
Eastern Queens
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Hancock, Howard - Howard's Tune Accompanied by: Keith Nicholson, gtr; Norman Gillis, bass
Eastern Queens
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Oral Histories

Grandfather comes to PEI Hancock's grandfather was an AWOL American sailor who left his ship when it was docked in Charlottetown harbor info and transcript
House parties around Belle River General description info and transcript

Video Clips