DeJarlis began recording in 1956 for Quality Records and in 1959 for the London label - the latter released some 25 LPs featuring many of his more than 175 songs, fiddle tunes, and dance pieces. Most of his compositions, like his various 'Red River' pieces and his Manitoba Waltz (1967), are named for specific locations. His publishers included Broadland Music and DeJarlis Music. In the Winnipeg Free Press (25 Jun 1966) Don Messer was reported to have called DeJarlis 'one of the greatest exponents of old time music in Canada'. DeJarlis is particularly remembered for his way with waltz music and his synthesis of Messer's 'down east' style with native and Métis repertoires was influential on many younger Métis fiddlers (see Fiddling).
Author Richard Green
Watson, Franceene. 'Red River Valley fiddler Andy De Jarlis: his musical legacy touched by new dimensions,' Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, vol 31, Jun 1997
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship
The website for Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship. A great resource for fans of Canadian fiddle music.