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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'.