Joe Mackintosh


The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler

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This is the story of Andy de Jarlis (1914-1975), a successful Métis fiddler and com- poser. Few music fans will know his name today, but de Jarlis’s talent and contribu- tions to Canadian music were every bit the equal of old-time fiddle icons like Don Messer and Al Cherny. Andy lived to play but his most important legacy might be his dedication to keeping Prairie Métis fiddling music alive. He had many original com- positions, but he was also able to hone the sounds that he heard in his youth and copy them so they could be played by pick-up bands in dance halls across the Prairies. Now, with the resurgence of interest in fiddle music, this book will ensure Andy’s contributions will be enjoyed by a new group of fans.

“Mackintosh has penned a long-overdue biography of De Jarlis…it’s an enjoyable book…” – Bill Redekop, The Winnipeg Free Press

  • FINALIST: Alexander Isbister Award for Non-Fiction
  • WINNER: Manitoba Archives Association Manitoba Day Award




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Weight 0.113 kg

About the Author

Joe Mackintosh

JOE MACKINTOSH has played piano and accordian with bands ranging from jazz and Dixieland, to country western, old time fiddling and big bands. He played with the Andy de Jarlis orchestra until Andy’s death. He now lives in Gimli, Manitoba.