Galope de la Malbaie
X:1 T:Galope de la Malbaie M:4/4 L:1/8 K:D DFAd f2df | egec dBAG | FAFA GBGB | FAFA EGFE | DFAd f2df | egec dBAG | FAFA GBGB | Acec d2z2 :| Acef gfge | defg a2a2 | Acef gfgb | afge fdcB | Acef gfge | defg afge | fdec dBAG | FABc d2z2 :|
GALOP(E) DE MALB(A)IE. AKA and see "Mackilmoyle Reel," "Petits Moutons (Les)." 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 the Maritime provinces variant "Mackilmoyle Reel."
J.A. Boucher's "Petits Moutons (Les)", published in 1933, is a version of Bouchard's reel. The second strain of Samuel Bayard's southwest Pennsylvania collected "Tiddle Took Todfish" is a variant of the second strain of "Galope de la Malbaie." See also the closely related "Republican Spirit," printed in Baltimore by George P. Knauff in 1839.