Fonds MG 260 - Michael Millar fonds

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Michael Millar fonds

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MG 260

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  • 1961-1998 (inclusive) ; 1969-1979 (predominant) (Creation)

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2.4 metres textual records ; > 500 photographs

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Michael Millar, nicknamed “Bear” for his stature is a talented musician and was a long time member of the prairie band Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, popular in Western Canada throughout the seventies. He has played piano, bagpipes, bass, jug, and guitar, as well as performed vocals. Aside from his involvement with this musical group, Millar also spent some time working at the Saskatoon Food Bank, and maintained a continual involvement in Saskatchewan’s music scene, participating in the Saskatoon Musicians Association, supporting the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and serving on the Status of the Artist committee.

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Humphrey and the Dumptrucks. Country-folk group, active 1967-81. It was organized in Saskatoon as a jugband by Gary 'Humphrey Dumptruck' Walsh (banjo, dobro), along with Michael 'Bear' Millar (12-string guitar, bass, jug), Michael 'Ernie' Taylor (guitar, autoharp), and Graeme Card (guitar, mandolin). Each member sang. By 1969 a fulltime and professional band, Humphrey and the Dumptrucks performed throughout western Canada in clubs, on the CBC, and at folk and bluegrass festivals (eg, in Regina and Winnipeg), schools (where they gave workshops), and universities. They often appeared in small Saskatchewan communities, and many of their songs reflected rural life. (

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This fonds contains materials related both to Michael Millar’s career as a member of Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, and more personal materials relating to his life and his activity as a long-time member of Saskatchewan’s musical community.

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