Galope de la Malbaie

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GALOP(E) DE MALB(A)IE. AKA and see "Mackilmoyle Reel." French-Canadian, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Hart & Sandell): AA'BB' (Bégin). Fiddler Joseph Bouchard (1905-1980) was the first to record this tune, on 78 RPM in 1938. He was a member of the group Les Montagnards laurentins (The Laurentian Mountaineers - the Laurentians are a range of mountains in the Province of Québec), who had a long-running radio broadcast in the 1930's and 1940's. Bouchard recorded in the WWII-era on 78 RPM, but worked most of his life for the Canadian railroad. He is particularly noted for his quadrille playing, in the lyrical Quebec city style. Hart and Sandell (2001) note that Burlington, Vermont, fiddler Louis Beaudoin played a similar version to Bouchard's. See also Mackilmoyle Reel

Source for notated version: fiddler Dawson Girdwood (Perth, Ottawa Valley, Ontario) [Bégin].

Printed sources: Bégin (Fiddle Music from the Ottawa Valley: Dawson Girdwood), 1985; No. 38, p. 50. Hart & Sandell (Danse ce Soir!), 2001; No. 25, p. 57.

Recorded sources: Le Tamanoir Records, Joseph Bouchard - "Jos Bouchard violoneux: Musique et danse traditionelle de Charlevoix" (1978).

See also listing at:
Hear Joe Bouchard's 1938 recording of "Galop de la Malbaie, or Mackilmoyle's Reel" at the Virtual Gramophone [1]

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