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GUIGNOLEE, LA. Old-Time, Air (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'C. Irregular in the third part. A fiddled version of a song called "La Guignolee," a New Year's Eve "busking" tradition in the French community around Old Mines, Missouri. Men would blacken their faces and go from house to house singing the song, to be welcomed by the inhabitants to eat and dance (see also similar traditions in English morris and Irish wrenboys).

Source for notated version: Charlie Pashia (1909-1994, Old Mines, Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 108.

Recorded sources: Missouri Friends of Folk Arts MFFA 1001, Charlie Pashia - "I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough" (1977).

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