Carpenter's Reel

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X:1 T:Reel des Ouvrieres C:Joseph Allard M:2/4 L:1/16 Z:Transcribed by Bruce Osborne K:G (3DEF|G2BG dGBG|ABcd cBAG|Bdgd egdB|cBAG FADF|! G2BG dGBG|ABcd cBAG|Bdgd egdB|cAFA G2:|! |:ef|g2dg Bgdg|gabg agef|g2dg BgdB|cBAG Fdef|! g2dg Bgdg|gabg agef|gfga gfed|egfa g2:|!

CARPENTER'S REEL ("Reel de l'ouvrier" or "Reel des ouvriers"). AKA and see "Laborer's Reel (The)," "Reel de Saint-Malo," "Walker Street," "Traveler (1) (The)." French-Canadian, New England; Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A Québec version of the Irish reel known as "Walker Street" or "Traveler (1) (The)." The reel was recorded (as "Reel de l'ouvrier") by Québec fiddlers Joseph Allard (1873-1947), and Omer Dumas (1889-1980) with his group Les Ménestrels du Québec in the 78 RPM era. Allard recorded the tune twice; in 1920 as "Reel des ouvriers" and in 1944 as "Reel de Saint-Malo." Comparing the various titles for the tune, Kate Dunlay suggests that the "Traveler" title may stem from the French travailler, meaning 'to work' or 'labor'.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 24.

Recorded sources: - Bluebird B-1220-A (78 RPM), Les Ménestrels du Québec (1940. Omer Dumas). Bluebird 55-5208 (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1944, as "Reel de Saint-Malo"). Folkways FG3531, "Old Time Fiddle Tunes played by Jean Carignan" (1960). Philo 2012, "Jean Carignan Rend Hommage a Joseph Allard" (1976). Victor 263522-A (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1928).

See also listing at:
Hear Jean Carrignan's recording on [1]
Hear Joseph Allard's 1928 recording on [2] and the Virtual Gramophone [3]
Hear Allard's 1944 recording on [4] and the Virtual Gramophone [5]
Hear Les Ménestrels du Québec 1940 recording on [6]
See the entry at Identitairs Québécois [7]

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