John Joe Pidgeon remembered as a master of the accordion

Musical icon, John Joe Pidgeon passed away last Thursday at the age of 81.
Music icon John Joe Pidgeon passed away at the age of 81. (CBC)

Musical icon, John Joe Pidgeon passed away last Thursday at the age of 81.

The self-taught musician picked up the accordion at a young age and rarely put it down. Pidgeon is remembered for performing all over the Burin Peninsula for decades and for keeping accordion music alive at a time when it wasn't popular.

He passed on his passion by teaching others to play his songs. Musician Jeff Pittman was inspired by Pidgeon's love of music.

"There are so many people who are into music directly because of the influence that he's had," says Pittman.

Pidgeon has been called a 'human Mp3 player' for his encyclopedic repertoire of music.

He was also known as a kind and generous man.

Musician Ryan Baker recalled how Pidgeon spent three hours playing every song Baker could think of when Baker was 12-years-old.

For the last several years, Pidgeon had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. But his son Joe says his father's love of music kept him going through the challenging times.

Pidgeon will be buried in Marystown on Monday. Musicians say his death will leave a large void in the community.


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