Lee Cremo was born at what is today Chapel Island in 1938 and moved to Eskasoni at age 4. He started playing fiddle and guitar at the age of 7, often accompanying his father, Simon Cremo. His style shows influence of not only his Mi'kmaq heritage but also the influence of well known Scottish fiddlers from Nova Scotia.
He has played everywhere from the Expo '67 for Queen Elizabeth, to the Hollywood Bowl. In a competition in Nashville, he was awarded "Best Bow Arm in the World," and was the subject of a documentary called "Arm of Gold" in 1986. I thought this was a good name, because the word Bras d'Or, actually means Arm of Gold. He also won the Dartmouth old Time Fiddling Competition six times. Sadly, he died in 1999 at the age of 60.
I hope you enjoy these clips from You Tube. The first one shows a bit of his wit. The others are from the movie "Arm of Gold" and give a nice glimpse into his world. I love the stories and tradition that they show from Mi'kmaq culture. When I see these things, they make me sad, because these are the parts of my own history that I have missed. I will have to be content to learn what I can from others. Enjoy!
Arm of Gold:
There are two more parts of this documentary, which can be found on You Tube. I hope you enjoyed these ones. The film "Arm of Gold" was made by Robert Doan and Robert Petch.