From an appraisal of Allard's recordings Labbé concluded: "This violoneux had developed a remarkable technique, influenced by both Irish and US music. He was known as 'the prince of violoneux' because he had a supple and light bowing stroke and inimitable finger dexterity." Allard's repertoire comprised many hundred folk melodies and about 60 of his own pieces. Jean Carignan, who studied with Allard 1927-31 in Montreal, became the leading exponent of this repertoire and of Allard's style, recording many of his pieces and in 1976 making the LP Jean Carignan rend hommage à Joseph Allard. Allard's music has also been played and recorded by many other French-Canadian folk instrumentalists, and his style has been learned by fiddlers elsewhere in Canada, among them Graham Townsend. Allard was the most important violoneux of the early 20th century and has attained legendary status. Yet the popularity of his recordings and the extent of his influence during his later years notwithstanding, he lived in relative obscurity, working for most of his life as a fisherman.
Labbé, Gabriel. "Joseph Allard," Folk-lore, vol 11, July-Aug 1992
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