ABRAM-VILLAGE – “Music is as important to me as the blood in my veins and the air in my lungs,” Corinne Cormier said after receiving the Golden Fiddle Award.
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Caroline Arsenault (left), acting president and committee member of the Atlantic Fiddlers’ Festival, stands with Corinne Cormier, the recipient of the Golden Fiddle Award. The event took place at the Centre Expo Festival in Abram-Village on Sunday.
Cormier was the unsuspecting recipient of the award, which was given out as part of the 27th annual Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree at Centre Expo Festival in Abram-Village on Sunday.
“It was a complete surprise and I’m so appreciative of the jamboree for recognizing me this way.”
Caroline Arsenault, acting president and jamboree committee member, said Cormier was a perfect choice for the award.
“She’s so passionate and does a lot for the community.”
Cormier had no idea she was going to win, but the surprise went well because it isn’t difficult to get her out for an afternoon of music, added Arsenault.
Cormier was extremely honoured and touched.
“For me it’s not so much the award itself and being able to put it on a shelf, it’s what it represents —the camaraderie and the friendship and the comfort and support all of us musicians give to one another.”
Music has been an important part of her life for the last 32 years. She doesn’t play the fiddle, though. Cormier plays the recorder and concert flute.
“Everyone has always told me the recorder really compliments the fiddle well. Even though I’m not a fiddler, I’ve always been welcomed by this group of musicians and really embraced for what I do.”
A number of years ago, she had the task of dealing with serious medical issues.
“I couldn’t play for about six months. It was very devastating and took a lot of work to be able to play again.”
People say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, she said.
“I got it back. It’s a huge gift to be able to play music.”
The band she’s part of, Panou, was well known in the community 30 years ago and she considers the members to be family.
“When I look at this award, I won’t be patting myself on the back and thinking I’m all that. I’ll be looking at that and thinking my family appreciates what I do.”
Cormier said the band is getting back together for a performance at the Centre Expo Festival on Aug. 16.
“The community is excited to have us play here and it’s going to be a lot of fun. There’s been a lot of talk about it.”
She finds comfort and friendship in music and she can’t picture herself not enjoying it with other musicians.
“It’s really not hard to be happy when you have people like this in your life.”