About Us

THE MOUNTAIN FRUIT FOLKLORE CENTRE HAS A VISION THAT CONTINUES TO GROW

 

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre is much more than a consumptive retail venture to put food on the table (although important too!). We want to help connect, share, recognize and establish the music culture/folklore of the Kootenays.

We are also committed to providing the best customer service possible, top notch repair work and quality products. Whether it’s an unusual product to special order or a unique repair, we do our best.

Our shop is now partnering with Radio Free Kaslo to interview local musicians and also those from afar. We also have an initiative to host outdoor live concerts in front of the store on the Kemball grounds during the summer and indoor music workshops year round so stay tuned! Please visit Nirvana Chronicles to hear some wonderfully intimate live music and musings on life as a musician.

It is the Folklore Centres intention to carry a diverse range of instruments that relate to the many cultural genres of music that are blending together in todays global community. We are still being born, as it were, and the instruments we carry reflect this journey as we continue to evolve by the month. We strive to represent good to excellent quality regardless of the price and both childrens and used instruments are also prominently on the menu. We welcome your input about the Folklore Centre and we look forward to serving you.

WHAT IS FOLKLORE?

Here are some excerpts from The American Folklore Society website. Visit the site to read more on the definition of folklore/life and to read the full version (partial below) of my favourite definition from “Mary Hufford. American Folklife: A Commonwealth of Cultures. Washington: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1991.”

The word “folklore” names an enormous and deeply significant dimension of culture.

Folklore is the traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practice that is disseminated largely through oral communication and behavioral example. Every group with a sense of its own identity shares, as a central part of that identity, folk traditions–the things that people traditionally believe (planting practices, family traditions, and other elements of worldview), do (dance, make music, sew clothing), know (how to build an irrigation dam, how to nurse an ailment, how to prepare barbecue), make (architecture, art, craft), and say (personal experience stories, riddles, song lyrics). As these examples indicate, in most instances there is no hard-and-fast separation of these categories, whether in everyday life or in folklorists’ work.

Folklife is community life and values, artfully expressed in myriad forms and interactions. Universal, diverse, and enduring, it enriches a nation and makes it a commonwealth of cultures.

WHO WE ARE, SO FAR!

Jeremy Behn is the owner/operator at Mtn Fruit. He is a trained luthier offering repairs to most stringed instruments including the violin family. Learn more about my training at: http://www.instrumentsofchange.ca

We’re happy to do special orders and have access to all levels of instruments and accessories.

 

SOME PRODUCT WE STOCK!

Teton Guitars

Price point line of steel strings. Excellent value for the price, all wood binding, bone nut and intonated saddle, quality solid tops.

Dusty Strings

Building quality harps and hammered dulcimers since 1978 in Seattle, WA.

K & K Sound

25 years of quality acoustic pickups including double bass. Endorsed by many top players!

Cordoba Guitars

Handmade classicals and ukes. Affordable to high end. Also distributors for Humicase.

Eastman STRINGS

Handmade archtops, flat tops, mandolins, violins, cellos, basses, bows, cases and more. Quality craftsmanship and sound!

Daddario Canada

Strings for everything.

Howard Core

Violin family and accessories.

Connolly Music

High quality violins, violas, cellos, basses, bows, stands and more.

Goldtone

Some unusual, quality, affordable instruments from Goldtone banjo’s. This company offers great value in well designed decent quality banjo’s, resonators, and various odd but fun mutations and hybrids. Well worth a look at their website.

 


SOME NEW PRODUCT WE HAVE ON HAND: