Baglole’s musical background | Bowing Down Home
SB – Sid Baglole
KP – curator Ken Perlman
KP: What year were you born?
SB: Yeah, I'm 80 years old. Just had a birthday, just gone by.
KP: Did you come from a musical family?
SB: Well there's some, yes. Yes some, a little yeah.
KP: Who were the ones who were musical in your family?
SB: Well a little on both sides. A little on both sides - Camerons, Camerons and Bagloles.
KP: Did they play fiddle?
SB: Yeah. Fiddle and organ. Organ them days. And we had a violin in the house and I couldn’t tune it. First when I started.
KP: You said you started at 8.
SB: Yeah, that's right, yeah. So I got ahold of it and I learned right quick. It didn't take me no time before I.- I never played by note, all by ear, all by ear.
KP: How did you learn?
SB: Just picked it up. Just picked it up. It's all by ear.
KP: Did you watch anyone?
SB: No. No.
KP: You just heard it?
SB: Once you know the tunes, you know. You get the tunes up here [points to head] and you work from that.
KP: Where did you hear the tunes?
SB: Oh... from the old people.
KP: Which old people?
SB: The old people around.
KP: Yeah, well which ones?
SB: The Bagloles and the Camerons. They were musical.
KP: They would play the tunes?
SB: Yeah, yes that's right.
KP: Did anyone jig or tune [sing] the tunes?
SB: Yes they did. They used to do that. Yes.
KP: Who used to do that? All those people?
SB: Yeah... yeah, that's right.
KP: When would you hear them do that?
SB: Oh... most anytime, yeah. Used to be a lot of dance parties, you know, them days, house parties, you know, they used to dance and they'd have a birthday, somebody'd have a birthday and they'd put on a dance you know, yeah.
KP: Would this happen every week?
SB: Oh yes, most have a dance every week, somewhere.
KP: In the summer you say?
SB: Yeah... oh winter too. Yeah in the wintertime too.
KP: Would there be more parties than once a week?
SB: Oh yes... yes.