Monday, July 16, 2018

OTTAWA | Fiddlers in The Glebe

Backyard Music Festival for Randal's 80th.
OTTAWA, July 15, 2018–The impromptu orchestra assembled in the back of Randal and Elaine's house in The Glebe to celebrate Randal's 80th birthday.

Under the shade of a gazebo and an umbrella, a steady stream of liquid refreshment flowed.

Music

The music went on from 2 pm to 7 pm. At its peak five fiddlers were going, three guitars and the keyboard.


A fine flautist was also contributing to the Irish-themed music early on.

Players filtered in and out, but the keyboard player and a couple of other players were there from beginning to end. Near the end, Randal's violin teacher, Master Violinist Denis Lanctot joined in.

Here are two clips of the music, the first one with dancing! The dancers are Pat Steenberg in black and white and Michele Pronovost in the dress. The music is "Barnburners' Jamboree" and "Maple Sugar."

Birthday Cake

L to R: Randal Marlin, Sneezy Waters and 
Vince Halfhide (legendary musicians
 in Ottawa for decades), Irene 
McCloskey on keyboard, Alex Marlin.
With Randal on the fiddle and two of his sons, Alex and Nick, on the guitar and singing, the family was a music festival of its own.

Then the birthday cakes were brought out. Another movie clip of that.

Marlin Family Photo

At the end of the day, the family assembled for a photo first of Randal and Elaine's six children, three boys and three girls (now men and women), and then the whole family of eight.

Catherine, daughter and youngest child of Elaine and Michael Schintgen, also got into the group photo.

Here are the names of the six children and three grandchildren:
  • Christine Marlin Schintgen (married to Michael Schintgen), of Barry's Bay, Ontario. Children: Carl, Eric, Catherine.
  • Alex Marlin, of Toronto.
  • Greg Marlin, of Ottawa.
  • Nick Marlin, of Ottawa.
  • Laura Marlin, of Calgary, engaged to be married later in July to Emanuel Côté.
  • Marguerite (Margie) Marlin (married to Myles Dunn), of Ottawa.
    L to R: Elaine Marlin, Randal Marlin, Christine and Catherine (one of
    three children) Schintgen, Laura Marlin, Greg Marlin, Margie Marlin,
    Alex Marlin and Nick Marlin.

    See also: Two Poems for Randal from Clyde Sanger . There Is No Planet B