Grit Laskin wins Estelle Klein Award
This year was no exception, as William “Grit” Laskin received the award for his incredible continuing service to our community Canada wide.
Grit is a one of the world’s foremost acoustic guitar makers – a disciple of the legendary Jean Larrivee – and the acknowledged master of inlay work. His achievements as a luthier are the subject of numerous articles and four of his guitars are in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Grit is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose work has been recorded by the likes of Pete Seeger. As a guitar player and performer Grit was a member of Friends of Fiddler’s Green (ensemble recipients of the Estelle Klein Award in 2003) and performed extensively with Stan Rogers for whom he also built guitars.
He’s written two guitar books and a novel, and is a tireless advocate for folk music across the country.
Roots Music Canada is particularly proud to have been asked by the OCFF to create this tribute video to our friend, mentor and benefactor Grit Laskin.