Maurice Bolyer

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Maurice Bolyer
Birth name Maurice Beaulieu
Born December 1, 1920 (1920-12)
Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada
Died August 18, 1978 (1978-08-19) (aged 57)
Genres Country
Instruments Banjo, piano
Years active 1940–1978

Maurice Bolyer (December 1, 1920 – August 18, 1978), born Maurice Beaulieu, was a composer and musician known as “Canada's King of the Banjo”.

Bolyer was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. Although proficient in a variety of string instruments and piano, he is best known for his work on the banjo, an instrument that Bolyer took up in his late teens.

Beginning in the 1940s, Bolyer appeared regularly on Canadian radio stations CKCW (Moncton, New Brunswick) and CKNX (Wingham, Ontario). Boyler joined the CBC Radio program The Tommy Hunter Show in 1963, continuing with the show when it moved to television in 1965. Bolyer also appeared as a guest on the Lawrence Welk and Arthur Godfrey shows in the United States.[1][2]

Bolyer was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.[3]

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  2. ^ Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame - Bolyer biography
  3. ^ Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame