Awenho


A reel by Jack Hayes (1915?-1995?) Jack was a fiddler, square dance caller and composer who lived in Toronto for many years although I believe he may have originally hailed from northwest of the city in the Halton area. Although I played regularly with Jack in the early 1980s I don't know much about his personal life. He was part of the the old-time fiddle and dance scene around Toronto for decades and told stories of having been the bouncer at Playter's Hall, a Toronto dance hall (which still stands in 2016) at the corner of Broadview and Danforth. This was one of the regular haunts of George Wade and His Cornhuskers. Jack said he used to call dances with the band when George Wade himself was unavailable. Jack composed a great many, sometimes quirky, tunes. A number were adopted by Scottish Country Dance accordionist, Bobby Brown and became known in the British Isles through his recordings. Perhaps the most famous of Jack's tunes is "The Lemonville Jig", which is probably better-known in the UK than it is in Canada.

If anyone can provide more information about, or a photograph of Jack. I would be most grateful.


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Title Awenho
Subject Jack Hayes Tunes Reels & Hornpipes Etc.
Year 1978
Locale Southwestern
Keywords Toronto

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