Little Judique Reel

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LITTLE JUDIQUE REEL. Canadian, New England; Reel. D Major ('A' part) & A Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB' (Miller & Perron): AABB' (Messer): AA'BB' (Songer). The tune comes from the playing of Canadian fiddler Don Messer [1] [2] (1909-73), a professional fiddler, music director, music writer and entertainer. He formed his band in the 1920's, perfected his sound by the late 1930's, and continued with it virtually unchanged until the end of his career around 1970. From 1956 to 1969 he had his own show on Canadian television, hugely popular in its hey-day.

Don Messer

The melody is distinctively Canadian, and displays Quebecois influence in the melody, although the source for the tune (other than Messer) is unknown. See also a jig setting as "Queen's Marriage (The)."

Source for notated version: mandolin player Mark Bautista (Portland, Oregon) [Songer].

Printed sources: Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 23. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 43, p. 31. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddlers Repertoire), 1983; No. 146. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 127.

Recorded sources: Apex AL1628, Don Messer - "More Down East Dancin'" (1963). F&W Records 2, "F&W String Band 2." Front Hall 010, Bill Spence & Fennigs All-Stars--"The Hammered Dulcimer Strikes Again."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [4]




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