Lorimer Higgins

Inducted in 2005

Lorimer Higgins was born in Westchester Station, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia on June 13, 1934. He comes from a family of eleven brothers and sisters, eight of whom played the fiddle. Lorimer has been playing since age 14 and played "live" on radio station CKCL, Truro at age 17. He also played in a popular group known as "Lorimer Higgins and the Bible Hill Swingers." Lorimer has represented Nova Scotia at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling championships in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999. On three occasions, while at this competition he participated in the CGMFC judging workshop and Judge Certification process. He has won the Maritime Fiddle Contest for 60 years of age and over, three years in succession. Lorimer now judges at various fiddle competitions including the Maritime Fiddle Championship. Lorimer was one of the founders of the Lunenburg County Fiddle Club and served as President in 1989 and 1990. He served as President of the Maritime Fiddle Association in 1991 and 1992. In recognition of his contributions to the fiddle community, Lorimer received the Curtis Hicks Memorial Award in 1999. In 2001 he received the Tara Lynne Touesnard Award given for dedication to the preservation and enhancement of old-time fiddling and service to his community. Lorimer has composed twenty-six fiddle tunes which have been published in his book "Fiddle Tunes by Lorimer Higgins." In 1998 he released a recording "Lorimer Higgins and Friends" and in 2004 he released his newest CD "Old Time Fiddling From The Heart" featuring twelve of his own compositions. not travelling across Canada pursuing his many and varied musical endeavours, Gordon resides with his family in Seaforth on the eastern coast of Nova Scotia.

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