Bride of the Wind

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BRIDE OF THE WINDS. AKA and see "Anoy's Jig," "Quadrille (28)." Canadian, Jig (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Jarman): AA'AA'BB'BB' (Phillips). The composition was credited to Canadian fiddler Jim Magill in Jarman's 1944 (Anglo-)Canadian publication; however, the tune had been recorded by French-Canadian fiddler Joseph Bouchard as the first part of his "Lancier Bouchard Premiere Partie" in 1938. Even earlier, in 1924, a version was recorded by Michigan fiddler John A. Pattee (b. 1844) as the 1st change in his "Old Catville Quadrille" (a 1924 recording that can be heard at [1]). The first strain is very similar to "Bride of the Wind" but the second differs. It also appears under the title "Anoy's Jig" in Don Messer's repertoire, although Messer and his group also recorded Magill's "Bride of the Wind". It is related (set in 2/4 time) to "Whalen's Breakdown" which Messer popularized during his career. Versions of the melody appear as an untitled quadrille tune in R.P. Christeson's Old-Time Fiddler's Repertory, vol. 1 (1973, No. 182, p. 130) and in Bayard's Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife (No. 523).

Jim Magill (1905-1954)
See also note for "Old Catville Quadrille" for more on this tune.



The title is the English translation of the German phrase die Windsbraut, used to refer to a storm or tempest.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Stuart Williams [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Jarman (The Cornhuskers Book of Square Dance Tunes), 1944; p. 1. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 360.

Recorded sources: -

See also listing at:
Hear Don Messer's recording of the jig at Ted McGraw's site [2] (followed by another Magill composition, "Jimmy's Favorite Jig").
Hear Ned Landry's recording at Ted McGraw's site [3]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [4]



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