Wall of Recognition

Don Messer

World famous composer, producer, violinist and fiddler

Don Messer was born in 1909 in a house located in Tweedside near Harvey Station. He was the youngest of 11 children in a very musical family of fiddlers.  He took violin lessons as a young lad and went on to become a well-known fiddler throughout Canada.  He and his band called the ‘Islanders’ appeared on their own CBC television show for many years.

Don Messer passed away on March 29, 1973.  On May 15, 1979, a monument in his memory was unveiled along the Tweedside Road where it stands to this day.


Canadian Encyclopedia – Don Messer

Nova Scotia Archives – Don Messer

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Prepared by the Harvey Regional Heritage & Historical Association