November 7th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 45
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Local musician receives cross-country recognition
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Pictured is Howard Davidson, holding his guitar upside down and backwards, true to his playing style.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
If you've ever been out at one of Crowsnest Pass’ many live music nights, chances are you will have heard the expert guitar playing of Howard Davidson.

His hometown area of Queens County, New Brunswick certainly has, and has indicted the country musician into the Minto Country Music Hall of Fame.

“It doesn’t mean too much here, but it does down there. It’s all good musicians. I find it’s nice to be noticed with all the musicians down there. New Brunswick and the Maritimes are full of musicians,” says Davidson.

The Minto Country Music Wall of Fame highlights the history and recognizes musicians of the Minto, Chipman and Grand Lake area.

Davidson travelled back to New Brunswick in September for the 18th annual induction ceremony in Minto. His name went up on the Minto Country Music Wall of Fame among other inductees like David McNeill from the Dave McNeill Band, Steve Waylon and Joan Kennedy. To date, 115 musicians have been inducted to the Wall of Fame.
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Born into a musical family in Chipman, NB Davidson played guitar since he was about five years old and kept with it as something to pass the time in an enjoyable way. He’d never taken any lessons, so he learned on his own and through his father, brother, uncles and cousins, who all played instruments. Being left-handed and self-taught, Davidson ended up playing guitar in a rather unorthodox manner, playing guitar upside down and backwards!

Over the years, Davidson sang in music festivals and talent shows in New Brunswick. He started his first band after leaving the Royal Canadian Navy when he was 19 years old and music continued to be a favourite hobby throughout his life. He had the opportunity to play with country music artist Hank Snow and Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald, a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Davidson still plays at various jam sessions around town: Bellevue Inn, the Greenhill Hotel, the Coleman Legion and the Hillcrest Miner’s Club. If you’re anyone who enjoys live music, this new Minto Country Music Wall of Fame inductee sure is one to hear.
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