Music - Groups

Celtic Jam at the Snug

I am an amateur musician; I play the mandolin, guitar, violin and recorder. Here are some of the musical organizations in which I have taken part:


  • Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society, Oshawa, Ontario - active since 1977!
  • Durham Region Folk Circle, Pickering, Ontario. See the website.
  • Corktown Fiddlers, practice Friday afternoons, play out occasionally in Cobourg and Port Hope.
  • Friday afternoon (open), Tuesday evening (acoustic) jam at the Bowmanville Older Adult Association Beech Centre.
  • Ganaraska Fiddle Jam, formerly at the Jailhouse Tavern and Inn, then at the Winchester Arms in Port Hope, then at CopperWorks in Bowmanville, now moved to The Snug in Newcastle fourth Sundays, 2-5 pm
  • Brooklin Celtic Jam, upstairs at the Legion, Fridays at 7:30 pm.
  • A&M Crossing - seasonal folk duo (Mike Cole and Anne) - small summer festivals


  • Bobby Watson and the Crown Royals, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at the Puck 'n'Pint, Peterborough, Ontario (still going, but without me now)
  • Downeyville Music Circle, occasional Thursday evenings (currently suspended)
  • Friday Celtic Sessions at the Village Inn, Bowmanville, Ontario (cancelled after eight years)
  • Celtic Fiddle Jam at the Cat and Fiddle, Lindsay, Ontario. Alternate Mondays at 7:00 p.m. (all done now)
  • Rosewood Bluegrass Band (sadly disbanded after five years)
  • Peterborough Celtic Jam, 1st Sunday afternoon of each month at the Black Horse Pub (homeless after 17 years)
  • Kawartha Kitchen Party Jams - Saturday afternoons at various pubs and restaurants in Kawartha Lakes, Durham and York regions. (Sadly disanded after the death of its organizer, Gerry Mitchell)
  • Beard-Free Brewery acoustic jam, Peterborough, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mostly singing with instrumental breaks, various genres (lost when the brewery went out of business)
  • Stuck in the Middle folk-rock band (currently on hiatus)
  • Mandolin Society of Peterborough, Ontario. In hiatus after 15 years


Music - Tunes


I have created two books of fiddle tunes - some composed by me, some traditional ones that I like. Some recent tunes are not yet available.

Click here for Anne's Alto Recorder Page.

Here are some musical pieces to enjoy (listen to
MP3 files and/or print sheet music):

Early Morning Computer Programming Blues - blues - but corny

Snowbound - a bluegrass song for the winter season

Soper Creek - a bluegrass fiddle tune

The Homeward Road - a march

Wind on the Shore - Celtic style

North Woods - a Canadian bluegrass song

The Barefoot Sailor's Hornpipe for fiddle, mandolin or alto recorder

The Darlington Reel - play this one with some speed

Vera May's Waltz - arranged for violin

Sugar-on-Snow - a sticky fiddle tune

The Waltz of Two Hearts - tune or song

The Umbrella Tree - a double jig

Up on the Piney Ridge - UPbeat bluegrass

The Wandering Son - a lament for fiddle, pipes, or alto recorder
Brushfire - bluegrass for fiddle or mandolin (play in a set with "Santa Anna's Retreat")
November Midnight - arranged for violin, mandolin or alto recorder
The Iron Behind the Smile - arranged for violin
The Sprig of Mint - a reel arranged for fiddle or alto recorder
Deckerville Days - a cheerful fiddle tune
The Long Sault Reel - arranged for fiddle or mandolin
The Cardinal Jig - for fiddle or mandolin
Silver Street Stride - a jaunty tune for fiddle or mandolin
Snowy Evening Waltz - arranged for violin