Crested Hens (The)

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CRESTED HENS, THE (Les Poules huppées). French, Bourrée à 3 temps (3/8 time). E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). Composed in 1983 by French national and hurdy-gurdy (vielle a roue) player, Gilles Chabenat, who remarks that some bars of a Debussy composition served as inspiration for the germ of the tune. It is of a type from central France, where it is also a folk dance, and is usually played at a medium tempo, although this tune is often heard played slower (a la the Irish group Solas who popularized the tune and translated the title). Gilles remarks that the title was a kind of nonsense play, from his teenage years. The tune is often mistakenly ascribed Breton origins, and to varying degrees of antiquity, however, it is a modern composition by Chabenat.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Stevens (Massif Central Tune Book No. 1), 1987; No. 34.

Recorded sources: Karen Ashbrook - "Knock on the Door" (learned at the Victoria Pub, London). Shanachie 78002, "Solas."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Solas's recording on youtube.com [2]




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