Hudson Bay Breakdown

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HUDSON BAY BREAKDOWN, THE. Canadian, Breakdown. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Sarnia, southwestern Ontario, fiddler John(ny) Durocher (1934-1989), who composed a number of tunes in the Messer repertoire. Hudson Bay takes its name from the great English explorer Henry Hudson, who "discovered" it in the year 1610. Hudson had hoped the huge bay was a route to the Orient, but had his hopes dashed some months later when he found an unbroken shore on the other side. His crew mutinied and set him and his son adrift in a small boat among the ice flows. They were never heard from again.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 15, p. 16.

Recorded sources: Apex 26433 (45 rpm), Don Messer & His Islanders (1955). Kim & Jim Lansford - "New Harmony."

See also listing at:
Hear Don Messer's 1955 recording on youtube.com [1]




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