Arthur has been organizing folk music all his life…so far. His first folk foray was the Eve of Destruction Cafe at the school of the Canadian Airforce base in Baden Soellingen in 1967. He organized it and played as part of a folk band called ‘1917’, a name that went over big in Cold War Europe! Later, he organized folk nights at his high school, ran The Pit Coffee House at Sarnia’s YMCA, and helped organize Sarnia’s first folk festival. Upon his move to Ottawa’s Carleton University, he quickly started Rooster’s Coffee House and ran it for three years. Organizing music lessons in Le Hibou opened the door to the Ottawa Folklore Centre in October 1976. Arthur plays and teaches a bunch of musical instruments (jack of all trades) and performs solo as well as with his wife’s children’s show, The Celtic Rathskallions. He plays a mean ragtime version of O Canada at every Ottawa Folk Festival. He’s a founding director of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. He writes with a fountain pen and is much too busy.
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