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TVA celebrates our strong folk song tradition

Dr. Allan Kirby will explore the very rich folk song tradition of the Peterborough area on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Highland Park Cemetery Auditorium, 2510 Bensfort Road, Peterborough.

Trent Valley Archives is honoured to present this noted musician and scholar at its Annual General Meeting. Dr. Kirby will use music to illustrate his talk entitled “A Brief History of Traditional Folk Music in the Trent Valley: 1920-1970”. This event is free and open to everyone.

Dr. Kirby has been a music scholar for 55 years, teaching, composing and playing music. He has a PhD in Canadian Studies from Carleton University where his focus was rural Ontario traditional music.

He co-wrote and produced Fowke Tales; a musical drama about the search for rural Ontario folk songs. Allan has played pedal-steel guitar with country and rock bands and banjo with bluegrass bands such as McCormick, Solina Road, SweetGrass and the folk/jazz ensemble Nassau Mills.

He is currently “Musician in Residence” at Lang Pioneer Village.

Trent Valley Archives (TVA) is a charitable organization which promotes the knowledge of local history. For over 20 years TVA has been helping people learn about the history, people, sources and events tied to the Peterborough area.

This event is another way Trent Valley Archives brings us knowledge of a little known aspect of our history. More info on TVA activities in general can be found at

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