Gallant, Ernie | Bowing Down Home

Pat Doucette (left) & Ernie Gallant with some of Doucette's artwork (including the carved Elvis) - 2006


Ernie Gallant came from a musical family in the Evangeline Coast Region. His father, Andrew J Gallant was a good harmonica player; his mother was Lucina Cormier Gallant.

He took up guitar at a young age, but beginning in the late 1990s he began working hard to develop ways to play fiddle tunes note-for-note and up to speed on the mandolin. Towards the end of his life he lived in Charlottetown.

Gallant witnessed the last flowering of the traditional music scene in the Evangeline area. According to his account, fiddle-music parties were still going strong there right until the late 1970s.

Tune Selections

Gallant, Ernie (mand) - Cotton-Eyed Joe (mand) Accompanied by: Pat Doucette, gtr

Oral Histories

Music parties in Evangeline, 1970s Parties in Egmont Bay among enthusiasts info and transcript

Video Clips