Don Messer

Donald Charles Frederick "Don" Messer (May 9, 1909 – March 26, 1973) was a Canadian musician, band leader, radio broadcaster, and defining icon of folk music during the 1960s. His CBC Television series Don Messer’s Jubilee (1959–69) featured Messer's down-east fiddle style and the "old-time" music of Don Messer and His Islanders, and was one of the most popular and enduring Canadian television programs of the 1960s. Messer was known as a shy fiddler, who preferred to have the other members of the band take the spotlight.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 9, 1909, Died March 26, 1973 (Halifax)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Apex 7992 10-in. 7/3/1937 Patronella Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 7993 10-in. 7/3/1937 Half penny reel Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 8001 10-in. 10/7/1937 Belfast Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 8002 10-in. 10/7/1937 Operator's reel Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 9887 10-in. 4/8/1942 Big John McNeill Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 9888 10-in. 4/8/1942 Don Messer's breakdown Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10059 10-in. 1943 Medley of Londonderry and London hornpipes Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10060 10-in. 1943 Ragtime Annie Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10431 10-in. 1944 Flop eared mule Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10432 10-in. 1944 Angus Campbell Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10745 10-in. 3/8/1947 Soldier's joy Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10746 10-in. 3/8/1947 Flowers of Edinburgh Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10747 10-in. 1947 Firemen's reel Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10748 10-in. 3/8/1947 St. Anne's reel Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10896 10-in. 1947 Silver and gold two-step Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10897 10-in. 1947 Highland hornpipe Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10950 10-in. 1948 Honest John Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 10951 10-in. 1948 Mississippi sawyer Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 11079 10-in. 1949 Fisher's hornpipe Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 11080 10-in. 1949 Durang's hornpipe Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 11096 10-in. 1949 Whalen's breakdown Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 11097 10-in. 1949 Logger's breakdown Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 11356 10-in. 1952 Montreal reel Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 11357 10-in. 1952 Tina's reel Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Apex 11358 10-in. 1952 Gypsy hornpipe Don Messer and his Islanders Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
(Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Messer, Don," accessed January 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112745.

Messer, Don. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112745.

"Messer, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 January 2022.

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