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Composers / Writers: Eleanor Townsend
Eleanor Townsend was a fiddler, teacher, and composer born in Dungannon, Ontario in January of 1944. Townsend studied classical violin in her youth before turning to traditional fiddling. She won the women's class of the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddlers' Contest in 1967, 1969, 1970, and 1974, and in 1979 became the first woman to win the open class. Eleanor married Graham Townsend in 1973. Besides touring with him as 'North America's only championship fiddling team,' she taught fiddling for boards of education in Scarborough and Simcoe, Ontario.
She recorded both with her husband and solo, including The Great Canadian Fiddle, Live at Barre, Vermont, and Fiddling Through the Years 'Championship Style'. Her album Mrs. Country Fiddle is a companion album to Graham Townsend's Mr. Country Fiddle. Eleanor Townsend was inducted into the Fiddlers Hall of Fame at Oceola, NY in 1984, and the Canadian National Fiddling Hall of Fame in 1998.
She died in Barrie in December of 1998.