Blind Man's Reel (2)
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BLIND MAN'S REEL . Canadian, Reel (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Messer, Songer): AA'BB' (Phillips). Radio and TV fiddler Don Messer's (1909-1973) distanced version of Joseph Allard's "Blind Man's Reel (1)/Reel de l'aveugle (Le)."
Sources for notated versions: Gerry Robichaud (Nova Scotia & Boston) [Phillips]; Denis Rothrock (Portland) [Songer].
Printed sources: Messer (Fiddlin' Favorites with Don Messer and his Islanders), 1963; p. 1. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 74, p. 49. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 29. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 33.
Recorded sources: Apex AL 1628, Don Messer & His Islanders - "More Down East Dancin'" (1963). Banff/Rodeo RBS 1210, Johnny Mooring - "Fiddlin' Fun." Philo Records, Henri Landry - "Henri Landry, Fiddler from the Eastern Townships."
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources 
Hear Don Messer & His Islander's 1963 recording on youtube.com 
See Charlie Walden's standard notation transcription