So when I was just a kid Dad would get his guitar out and try to teach us kids how to sing. See we were poor and we didn’t have a Tv. We would go to my grandparents place Sunday evenings to watch Littlest Hobo and the Beverly Hillbillies, think I was about zten when we actually got a TV, 18” RCA,lol. Anyway we would sing songs like You are My Sunshine and This land is your land. Then Dad would sing numerous songs by Hank and Wilf. That was our entertainmen. Although my Dad always worked two jobs just so we could eat plus building his own house cause at the time we lived in a four room shack with an outhouse, my father always found time for his family esp us kids! Anyway I was introduced to music at a very early age. Dad was extremely good with a guitar but could play almost any instrument he picked up.
Couple times a yr maybe more Don Messer ( just lived down the road) would come up and bring his fiddle sometimes Marg Osborn would come as well and we’d have a real ho - down! I remember Don asking Dad a few different time to go on the show and sing a song or two but he never would. Mom told me later he’d have been scared to death playing on TV. Well that would have been the only thing that man was scared of!
Some of you older guys up around Windsor / Falmouth area may know or heard of Kieth Ross, had a couple music stores back in the day, one in Windsor and one in Kentville or New Minus. Also a very accomplished fiddler who travelled Canada and the US playing ( overseas as well) he is now in the Music hall of fame. He was Dad’s cousin. Some but not likely very many of the real old guys may have heard of Tex Cochran from Sweete Corner. Broadcaster on CHNS and then in PEI but also recorded and sold a few records, even before Hank Snow, he was Dads uncle. So music ran in the family but unfortunately pretty much died with my father,lol. Lucky if I can sing two words, but I try.