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X: 1 T:Big Bear M:C| L:1/8 C:John Arcand S:from Arcand tunebook by M. Baker-Harvey; a 32 bar version for contra dancing. Z:abc's by PLK K:Em "Em"E2ED EFGA|BcBG E4|BcBG B2e2|BcBG E4 |! "D"DEDA, D2 FG|ABAF D2 FG|ABAF A2 d2|ABAF D2 F/2E/2D|]! "Em"E2ED EFGA|BcBG E4|BcBG B2e2|BcBG E2ef |! "G"g2ge "D"f2df|"Em"efed B3c|"Bm"BAGB AGED|"Em"E4 E2 D/2E/2F|]! "G"G2Bc d2Bd|g2ga gfed|" Em"[B3e3]e efed|B[B2e2]e e2D/2E/2F|! "G"G2Bc d2Bd|g2ga gfed|"Em"e3f edBe|"D"dBA[FA] "G"G2 D/2E/2F |]! "G"G2Bc d2Bd|g2ga gfed|" Em"[B3e3]e efed|B[B2e2]e e2ef |! "G"gfge "D"f2df|"Em"efed B3c|"Bm"BAGB AGED|"Em"E4 E3D|]




BIG BEAR. Canadian, Reel. E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). "Big Bear" was composed by Métis fidler John Arcand, born in 1942 near the Debden-Big River region of northwestern Saskatchewan. The title references the 19th century Cree leader who refused to sign Treaty 6 in 1876, and who was unfairly implicated in the 1885 North-West Rebellion.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Arcand tunebook by M. Baker-Harvey; arranged in a 32 bar version for contra dancing.

Printed sources : -

Recorded sources: -

See also listing at:
Hear John Arcand's recording at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Fiddle Tune Archive [1]



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