Elsie Justus (Burger)

Elsie Justus (Burger) is a Metis-Cree musician from High Prairie, Alberta. In the early 1940s, at the age of 12, her father August Beaudry, a fiddler, taught her how to play the guitar so she could accompany him.  Later on, her brothers were also taught to play. The family band played the old time fiddle music for many Ukranian weddings and in the dance halls around High Prairie. In the late 1950s, with a young family and her ‘bull fiddle’ in tow, Elsie moved north, first to Fort Smith, then to Fort Providence. She settled in Pine Point and worked at the Cominco mine there. Elsie played Bass and guitar with her band “The Pine Tones” at the Pine Point Hotel through the 1970s. Elsie has played guitar all of her life. After she moved south, Elsie recorded 2 CDs featuring her singing and playing guitar on her favorite songs.

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