Allons Danser Colinda

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Recorded by La. accordionist Joseph Falcon for Arhoolie Records, 1963, though the first to record the song was Guidry and LeBlanc, in 1946. The tune is an old one, notes Raymond Francois (1990), though "Doc" Guidry is credited with the words. The name colinda in the title derives from an old dance called the 'calinda,' once known to the black population in New Orleans and environs. "It consisted of a line of men and a line of women facing each other and was, at one time, forbidden to be danced because of it's sexual style or its association with voodoo." The melody is similar to fiddler Dennis McGee's "Madame Young," though it differs in the 'B' part or turn. Transcribed by Francois from the playing of Oran "Doc" Guidry and Leroy "Happy Fats" LeBlanc (La.) [Francois].