Herrin' Brook Reel
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HERRIN' BROOK REEL. AKA - "Herrinbrook Reel," "Herring Brook." Canadian, Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. "Herrin' Brook" was composed fiddler Tommy Doucet (1902-1992), originally from Digby County, Nova Scotia, but longtime resident of the greater Boston, Mass., region. Doucet called it simply his 'B flat reel' for some time, until he was asked what the title was by Henery Riendeau at his recording session for his 1975 LP "Downeast Star". Spontaneously, Doucet's replay was: "Just call it the Herrin' Brook!" There is a Herring Brook in Pembroke, eastern Massachusetts, that is a tributary to North River, emptying in Massachusetts Bay. True to its name the herring, or alewife, come to spawn each year in fresh water before returning to the sea. The Native American name for the region was Namassakeesett, or 'place of much fish', and it has been a fishery for centuries.