Webster, John B

John B. Webster, son of John (Jackie) William Webster and Adele (Shaw), grew up on the Station Road in Cardigan. From an early age John B. was interested in music and his home was always filled with it. His father Jackie was a fiddle player and his grandfather Jack had a band called “Jack Webster’s Orchestra” which played all over Kings County and was extremely popular in their time. He was never really interested in playing the fiddle as there were always enough fiddles around home so he took up guitar. He remembers starting at an early age of about six or seven, sitting on his aunt Georgie’s lap and her picking the notes on a guitar and he would strum the notes. He played the Hawaiian or steel guitar for awhile and he played the Spanish guitar for awhile in grade four. Like many Island musicians, John B. like most can't read music and picked it up mostly by ear. He met Eddy Quinn at guitar lessons in Lorne Valley. Eddy played a little guitar but would mostly come to sing. John B. and Eddy started Fiddlers' Sons in 1997 with Garth Matthews and they have had several fiddlers go through the group: Sheila Mackenzie, Maria MacDougald, Cynthia MacLeod and most recently Courtney Hogan. John has done quite a bit of writing on the five cds Fiddlers' Sons have released over the years. The most popular of the cds released was Eagles Fly in 2004 dedicated to John B. and Anne’s son Alex Webster who was killed in a farm accident in 2001. The CD won at the PEI Music Awards for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year.

The Fiddlers' Sons other albums include:

1998 Beaches of Home
2000 Changing Times
2004 Eagles Fly
2007 Shoulder of the Road
2010 This is My Island

Fiddler's Sons used to play at Myron’s every Friday night for three or four years and developed a lot of their fan base there. Fiddlers' Sons like to write about local characters like Francis Ronahan. Fiddlers' Sons hope to release a live album from the Kaylee Hall this summer called “Live and Close to the Ground at the Kaylee Hall”; it will feature some of the old favorites on it. Fiddlers' Sons play at the Kaylee Hall every Thursday night and have been for the past eight years. They also play regularly at the Irish Benevolent Society in Charlottetown and at St. Andrews Chapel just outside of Mount Stewart. 

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Written by Betty-Anne Acorn from the memories of
John B. Webster

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