Gigue du Forgeron (1)

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X:1 T:Gigue du Forgeron [1] C:Joseph Allard M:6/8 L:1/8 Z:Transcribed by Bruce Osborne K:D A|dcd AFA|dfb a2 f|gfg Ace|dfd AFA|! dcd AFA|dfb a2 f|gfg Ace|d2 d d2:|! |:g|b3 -bag|faa agf|gfg Ace|ba^g a2 a|! gbb bag|faa agf|gfg Ace|d2 d d2:|!

GIGUE DU FORGERON (Blacksmith's Dance). AKA and see "Reel du Forgeron." French-Canadian, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Recorded by Québec fiddler Joseph Allard [1] [2] in 1937. See also the closely related "Doc Boyd's Jig," a 1933 composition by Ontario fiddler John Burt, of which "Gigue du Forgeron" may be a derivative. A gigue in Québec is a stepdance, and the name attached to a tune simply means a vehicle for stepdancing, no matter what the meter.

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See also "Republican Set (The)", printed by Bayard (1981), and "Old Jubiter" in Ford's collection (1940). The jig seems to have been widespread in the northern United States and Great Lakes region, as well as in Canada, albeit under no predominant or fixed title.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Joseph Allard (1873-1947, Woodland, Montréal, Québec) [Cuillerier, Hart & Sandell].

Printed sources : - Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 9. Hart & Sandell (Dance ce Soir), 2001; No. 12, pp. 45-46.

Recorded sources : - Bluebird B-1104-a (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1937).

See also listing at :
Eric Lortie's Indentitairs Québécois [3]
Hear Allard's version at The Virtual Gramophone [4]
See/hear at tutorial by Sébastien Deshaies at Musique Folklorique du Quebec [5]

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