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Fred Redden.

The Wind that Shakes the Corn:
Archival Recordings of a Nova Scotian Traditional Singer.

EAP007, 1999.
Produced by James Moreira, Faye Armsworthy, and Marcus Merrin
for the Fred Redden Society for Traditional Music.
One of Helen Creighton's informants was singer Fred Redden (1912-1991). Helen also worked with his daughter Finvola.

Clary Croft invited Fred to come and sing at the first Helen Creighton Folk Festival. Fred wasn't sure at first, but he decided to participate. When on stage with Clary, Fred's charismatic singing personality emerged and he never looked back.

Soon Fred was on the bill of a number of Folk Festivals and he was asked about recordings. Fred's family and friends convinced him that he should make one. After going into the studio and starting to record a number of songs, tragically he was killed while walking the shoulder of the road. This left his project incomplete.

Some of his friends, led by Marcus Merrin and Kathryn Belzer, decided to complete the project. Soliciting help from the community in Middle Musquodoboit where Fred had lived, friends, family, various festival organizers and the CBC, they tracked down a number of recordings made of Fred, and hired folklorist James Moriera to put the work together. They also obtained a loan from the (now defunct) Harbour Folk Society.

After the project was finished, the Fred Redden Society merged with the Helen Creighton Folklore Society and the rights to the recording were transferred. Fred Redden's CD is now available from the HCFS.

Lyrics from The Wind that Shakes the Corn CD.

The public can also access recordings of Fred at the Nova Scotia Archives, which holds Helen Creighton's collection as well as the Fred Redden Society for Traditional Music fonds. The latter includes songs and interviews recorded by Katherine Belzer and Jamie Moriera, and other documentation.