Mon Chapeau Rouge

An Dro

Composed by James Spalink for the Celtic/World music ensemble An Dro, "Mon Chapeau Rouge" is whimsical tribute to Michigan history and French Canadian culture. Jim says, “My friend, Nancy Wanha, knowing of my love for cross-country skiing and for local history made for me the perfect gift – she knitted a red chapeau from a 17th century pattern that the early French voyageurs, the first intrepid European explorers of the Michigan Territories, would have worn. At any rate, it struck me how something so simple can bring such exuberance. I love that hat. And I swear it makes me ski better.” The setting also includes a second tune "Whiskey and Tuna" written in a French Canadian style.

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  • Art form: Sound
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  • Year created: 2011
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