Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ronald Kelly was the log driver

This lighthearted, animated short is based on the song "The Log Driver's Waltz" by Wade Hemsworth. Easily one of the most often-requested films in the NFB collection, Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing along to the tale of a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to
marry a log driver over his more well-to-do competitor. Driving logs down the river has made the young man the best dancing partner to be found. Although the video says the young man it is actually an older man and thanks to friends and people who remembered him it is actually Ronald Kelly my paternal grandfather of Burnt Island Gambo and Grand Falls/Winsor. You'll see Pop Kelly at 00:32 minutes.Dad was so much like Pop ......even had the same jumpy moves.

And now for the video

About the author/maker of "The log drivers waltz"

 Wade Hemsworth grew up in Brantford, Ontario, and learned to play guitar and banjo as a youth. He graduated in 1939 from the Ontario College of Art, and then spent the Second World War in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was briefly stationed in Newfoundland, where he discovered traditional music. After the war, he worked as a surveyor in wilderness areas of Northern Ontario, Quebec and Labrador, a job which provided him with subject matter for many of his 20 original songs. He moved to Montreal in 1952, where he worked as a draftsman for the Canadian National Railway and performed in the city's folk music clubs at night.

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R Brentnall
Toronto Ont.