It was squeaky and unpleasant, but Vic was able to attract a crowd. Vic tells the story that he found same fiddle he plays today in the attic of an abandoned farm house when he was a kid. He picked it up, and immediately started teaching himself. Rouillier says it took him until he was 92 years old to finally master it. Once grandpa began playing, all of the cousins would join in with banjos and guitars, he says. I was horrible. Grandpa said if you get better on that thing we can start playing some gigs together.
Billings violinist Trevor Krueger joins Tim Ryan Rouillier in "My Grandpa's Fiddle."
The live performance was filmed last year in Missoula at the UM Dennison Theater in front of a sold-out crowd featuring Grammy-winning artists and Country Hall of Famers, along with several musical guests from the Flathead Indian Reservation. The production captures the indelible beauty of Montana, and the deeply personal story of Rouillier, his Indian grandfather Vic Cordier, and their musical journey together. Of course I said yes. Many people can relate to the relationship of the kid and his grandpa. They love the music too. Montanans will have an opportunity to see the show during the December PBS pledge drive if not before.
They draw from his roots, and when one blossoms in its bright colors, it usually begets another. For a reason he could not yet articulate, he began to film scenes of evergreen forests swooping, mountain peaks crescendoing and prairies trilling with blue grasses blown by wild winds. Ignatius in , he realized he was being moved by the memory of the man who introduced him to the land: the old Native American fiddle player who drove him across Montana when he was a small boy with a big, flat-top guitar, because their duo could entertain the regulars of any ranch town, reservation village or roadside tavern.
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