Gigue à Ti-Zoune
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GIGUE À TI-ZOUNE. AKA and see "Reel d'Hochelaga." French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The reel is one of several Québécois variants of the Scottish reel "Lord MacDonald (4)." "Ti-Zoune" was recorded by fiddler Isidore Soucy  (1899-1963), recorded The title may honor the French-Canadian comic performer Oliver Guimond Sr. (1893-1954), AKA Ti-Zoune, as may Soucy's "Reel de Ti-Zoune," a different piece than "Gigue à Ti-Zoune." Guimond was a burlesque performer who delighted audiences in the first half of the 20th century. He was discovered by Arthur Petrie, a theater entrepreneur who toured with his own show. Guimond was a shoe-shine boy in 1912, when Petrie happened to stop for a shine and was taken by Guimond's singing and dancing as he worked. He offered him a job for the rest of the tour, and nicknamed him "Ti-zoune" (actually the name of a previous comic who had left the theater). Guimond became one of the stars of the troupe and had a long a successful career.
Another version of the reel was recorded again by Soucy in 1949 under the title "Reel d'Hochelaga." Canadian fiddler A.J. Boulay recorded a version in 1924, issued as "Virginia Reel", and although "Lord MacDonald's" sometimes goes by the name of "Virginia Reel" in America (through early associated with the dance Virginia Reel), Boulay's version has much more in common with French-Canadian versions. See "Virginia Reel (1)" for a standard notation transcription of Boulay's version.