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Posted 14 July 2022, 10:58 am NDT
Alton Melbourne Best (died 2012) was born into a family of fur trappers who lived in the central Labrador community of Mud Lake. Even to this day Mud Lake is only accessible by boat or snowmobile. Alton moved across the river to Happy Valley and worked for 42 years at Goose Air Base and raised his family on Cabot Crescent. Alton was one of these people who left an impact on everyone he met. Alton loved to talk to people he met along the way. He was always kind, sincere, sensible and thankful. On the road with the band he always volunteered as the cook and dishwasher while the rest of the group set up the gear. Alton was the voice of the early Flummies and still feels like he is on stage with us every time the band performs.
Posted 28 October 2011, 10:36 am NDT
Fans of traditional music will get a chance to see Happy Valley-Goose Bay's The Flummies. "Flummies" is what people in Newfoundland and Labrador call bannock. And it's what five Innugiamik Labradorimi, sons of Labrador, who come from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, decided to call their band.

Well-known in Atlantic Canada, the Flummies have performed as a group for more than 20 years......... For complete story
Posted 26 September 2011, 12:56 pm NDT
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Alton Best was born and raised in Mud Lake, Labrador, as the youngest of 10 children. A gifted musician, Mr. Best has always been able to play a variety of instruments with ease, including the drums, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, and the button accordion. Recognizing the importance of preserving and promoting our heritage, in the early 1970s, Mr. Best formed the band The Flummies. For over 30 years, Mr. Best and the Flummies have traveled the coast of Labrador and many other locations to play at various festivals, benefit concerts and seniors events.
 

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