The Lumber Jills

On Canada’s East Coast there is a time honoured tradition of fiddling and step-dancing. Amongst the Acadians and Downeasters, young people still preserve the music of their ancestors. On the long cold winter nights the communities of old gathered for music named for the lumbering, fishing and maple syrup traditions. Candles burned bright in the barn rafters as step dancers and square dancers celebrated another year of pioneer survival. A ‘lumberjack’ is a word long used to describe the men who conquered the vast Canadian forests and often would fiddle into the wee dawn. Now we introduce you to The Lumber Jills. Youth championship female fiddlers and dancers; Amélie, Martha, Machaela and Janelle are from New Brunswick, Canada and have promoted their culture at festivals and events in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Belgium and France.