WHAT IS FOLKLORE?
“Folklore is the traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practice that is disseminated largely through oral communication and behavioral example … The word “folklore” names an enormous and deeply significant dimension of culture … 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 … Though folklore connects people to their past, it is a central part of life in the present and is at the heart of all cultures–including our own–throughout the world.”
-Excerpts from the American Folklore Society – What is Folklore?
Although our focus is on musical instrument set-up, repair, retail, and restoration, Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre more than just an instrument retail store. The Folklore Centre serves as a cultural hub, connecting, sharing and developing folk and arts culture in the Kootenays. Local and traveling musicians offer performances for our “Live From the Pew” series. At Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre we maintain an intimate connection to the musical folk traditions of our predecessors. We offer professional level musical instrument repair, set-up and restoration services with an Old World attention to detail and love of handwork. As a service-based, rather than a sales-based, enterprise it is our great pleasure to be here for our community, offering our wealth of information and experience to musicians to help them best understand and take care of their instruments.
We only sell instruments that reflect our own standards of quality in materials and craftsmanship, appropriate to players from beginning to professional levels.
Mountain Fruit Folklore first opened its doors in 2010. Since then we have proudly boasted our status as Canada’s smallest music store. Since then the business has grown steadily, drawing clients from all over the Kootenays. We are starting to feel a bit like a hermit crab ready for a bigger shell. And the good news is that day is coming! A new location on Front Street in Kaslo is in the works, so stay tuned for more exciting news there!
One of our most frequently asked questions is “Do you build instruments here?” We do! We are in the midst of constructing a brand new workspace, which will allow us to keep the instrument building and repair shops separate. At the moment none of our fine handmade instruments are for sale as we are building up our inventory to be unveiled at the Mountain Fruit renaissance at our forthcoming new location.
Stay tuned! Big things are coming and nobody could be more excited than we are!