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X:1 T:Father Morris' Tune N:From a 1990 home cassette recording of fiddler Erskine Morris, N:(1913-1997), originally from Douglastown, at the end of the N:Gaspé peninsula. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Very Fast" Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Dmix [F2A2]FA FAFA|B-czc GEGE|A2 FD A,DFA|zBcA dd d2| |:A2 FA DAFA|(Bc)c2 GcGc|A2 FD A,DFA|zBcA dd d2:| ddfd ddfd|eafe dB[D2A2]|d2fd adfd|[M:3/2]eafe dBAG F-DD2| [M:C|]ddfd adfd|eage dB [D2A2]|d2 fd adfd|[M:3/2]eagf dBAG F-DD2||



FATHER MORRIS. The tune comes from the repertoire of Erskine Morris (1913-) According to Morris blogger Glenn Patterson the reel is from a relative of Morris' who was a parish priest in Fox River, Gaspé, eastern P.Q., who called it "Father Morris' Tune" [1]. Patterson found that Fr. Eilas Morris (1856-1936) was a well-loved clergyman to both Irish and French populations in the Fox River parish, who was remembered as having been a good fiddler and pianist, as well as a singer of songs in English and French.


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  1. Glenn Patterson, "Erskine Morris: Old-Time Fiddle Music from the Gaspe Coast", blog entry Wed., Dec. 15, 2010 [1]