Keeping Tradition

  1. Four String Polka
  2. Bruce's Swing
  3. Emily's Waltz
  4. Haste To The Weddin'
    Irish Washerwoman
    Irishman's Heart To The Ladies
  5. Listen To The Mockingbird
  6. My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
    Comin' Thru' The Rye
    Corn Rigs
  7. Keayla's Waltz
  8. Maple Sugar
  1. Forester's Clog
    Black Thorn Stick
    Snowflake Breakdown
    Karley's Edge
  2. In The Garden
    Mansion Over The Hilltop
  3. Lori's Waltz
  4. 128 Bar Reel Medley: St. Anne's Reel
    Miller's Reel
    Charlie Dyer's Reel
  5. Spanish Eyes
  6. Swervyn' Mervyn
  7. Westphalia Waltz
  8. Orange Blossom Special
Four String Polka

Album: Keeping Tradition

Liner Notes

This album is a tribute to my family's musical heritage. At least six generations on both sides of my family have been musicians, and the tradition continues. My great-grandfather Charlie Dyer was in the top 8 finalists at the first Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Contest in Shelburne, Ontario (1951); my mother Carolyn accompanied him on the piano. Forty-two years later, in 1993, she accompanied me on that very stage when I was fortunate enough to win that title for the first time. My father, Merv, has also competed in Shelburne, as have my two sisters - Elizabeth and Kendra, and my brother Bruce. It seemed only appropriate that they should all play on this recording.

My father has led a dance band called Merv Woods and His Orchestra since 1950, and our musical tastes have always reflected a variety of styles. From classical, big band, jazz, and of course the traditional old time waltzes, jigs and reels, there has always been music around our home. This recording is a mixture of the styles of music my family has played for generations. Enjoy!


Scott Woods: Fiddle & Drums
Kendra (Woods) Norris: Harmony Fiddle
Mervyn Woods: Fiddle
Bruce Woods: Fiddle
Elizabeth (Woods) Noulty: Fiddle
Carolyn Woods: Piano
Ivan Felker: Acoustic Guitar
Karl Watson: Bass Guitar
Paul Chapman: Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Rob Allen: Bass Guitar
Pee Wee Charles: Pedal Steel
Paul Stouffer: Keyboards
Walter Ostanek: Accordian


Produced by: Scott Woods
Musical Arrangement by: Scott Woods, SOCAN
Accompanying Arrangements by: Carolyn Woods
Harmony String Arrangements by: Kendra (Woods) Norris
Recorded at: McLeod Music Studios, Fergus, Ontario
Sound Engineers: Scott Woods & Mervyn Woods
Cover Design: McLeod Music Productions
Photography: Harold R. Plue
Executive Producer: Mervyn Woods

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