Collection 2020-060 - Kilties collection of Angus Duffy

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CA ON00156 2020-060

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Kilties collection of Angus Duffy

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  • 1910-1926 (Creation)

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1cm of textual and photographic materials

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(1902-1933)

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The Kilties Band of Belleville, Ontario, was one of Canada's most popular international touring bands of its day. Thomas P.J. Power and William F. Robinson were its first bandmasters, and its membership at times included cornetist, Mr. Voss, and pipe sergeant, David Ferguson (who also recorded bagpipe solos for Berliner). Playing at parks and touring on the vaudeville circuit, they eventually performed in 20 countries, appearing at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 and giving two Royal Command Performances in Britain. From 1908 to 1910 they went around the world, and in 1915 played to great critical acclaim at the Panama-San Diego Exposition.

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Items collected by Angus Duffy.

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Donated by the Duffy family in September 2020.

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Souvenir items relating to The Kilties band:

  1. Souvenir Route Book of The Kilties' world tour, 1908-1910
  2. Souvenir Album of songs and marches, c.1910
  3. Famous Bands of the British Empire by J. P. Hull, London, 1926
  4. Poster published in Chicago, reading "Hoot Mon! The Kilties are coming, Canada's greatest Concert Band all appearing in full kilted regimentals introducing all their special features that have made them famous, the band that toured the world", c.1912
  5. 21 cigarette cards featuring "Wee Jamie" Clark, Pipe Major of The Kilties Band, c.1910
  6. Photograph of The Kilties beside a train car bearing their name, c.1910
  7. Photograph of ten members of The Kilties, c.1910
  8. Photograph of Murdoch J. Macdonald, conductor of The Kilities, c.1910

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