June Eikhard

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Fiddler June Eikhard began her musical career with her husband, bassist Cecil Eikhard, in the '50s. They were both part of a small-time band called the Tantramar Ramblers. June Eikhard plays a number…
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Fiddler June Eikhard began her musical career with her husband, bassist Cecil Eikhard, in the '50s. They were both part of a small-time band called the Tantramar Ramblers. June Eikhard plays a number of instruments, but it was her impressive skill with the fiddle that placed her in the spotlight at shows. It didn't take long before she was working on her own. In 1959, she released her debut album, Canada's First Lady of the Fiddle. That same year, she became the first female to ever place in championship class in Shelburne, Ontario's Canadian Old Time Fiddler's Contest.

June Eikhard was born in the winter of 1932 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Her name back then was Marguerite Cameron. Even before she was old enough to start school, she was already playing the piano. Music was a big part of her childhood. Her grandfather played the violin and so it seemed natural that as a teen she pick up the violin as well. Later she mastered the steel guitar, the bass, the accordion, and other instruments. Some of the tunes fans can sample on her albums include "Rodeo Reel," "Perry's Polka," "Rose Waltz," "Westmorland Country Hornpipe," and "Highland Jig."