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Don Messer: His Land and His Music - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB526547
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Martin Defalco, George Pearson
Directors:  Martin Defalco
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Music
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1971
Running Time:  109:45

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Don Messer: His Land and His Music celebrates the king of Maritime fiddling. It's 1969, and Messer's band is on a poignant, cross-Canada farewell tour. Poignant, because CBC-TV has just announced the cancellation of the long-running Don Messer's Jubilee. But if Messer's upset, he isn't showing it. Instead, he's in top form, packing them in from Halifax to Whitehorse: one curling rink, hockey arena and small-town theatre after another. More than a musician, Don Messer was a genuine folk icon, idolized by millions of fans who felt as though they knew him personally. Although he died in 1973, Messer has remained a vital presence in Canadian music. Fiddlers continue to be inspired by his old-time style. Don Messer: His Land and His Music marries cinematic innovation with irresistible, toe-tapping music - taking us on the road, into the studio and backstage with a one-of-a-kind, fun-loving band.

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