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PAYS DE HAUT (High Country). AKA – "Winipeg (The)." French-Canadian, New England; Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title translates as "high country" or "upper country" and refers to the watershed territories of the Great Lakes (excluding Lake Ontario), but including part of what would later be United States territory. This was called Upper Canada, as opposed to the eastern administrative region of Lower Canada. Montreal cab driver and violin virtuoso Jean Carignan recorded the tune in 1960 as "Winnipeg Reel"; the tune's provenance is identified as "Western Canada" in the notes to the tunes. Manitoba fiddler Andy Dejarlis also recorded it on "Centennial Album" as "Winnipeg Reel."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Laufman (Okay, Let's Try a Contra), 1973; p. 9. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddler's Repertoire), 1983; No. 162. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 158. 150 Canadian Fiddle Tunes, 2000; pp. 232–233 (as "Winnipeg Reel").

Recorded sources: Folkways Records FW03531, Jean Carignan – "Old Time Fiddle Tunes Played by Jean Carignan" (1960, as "Winnipeg Reel"). Folkways FD 6530, Old Grey Goose - "Maine Country Dance Music and Song" (1980). Front Hall Records FHR-041, Bill Spence & Fennigs All Star Band – "The Hammered Dulcimer Returns." London Records 4108 LP, Andy Dejarlis – "Andy's Centennial Album" (1967, as "Winnipeg Reel"). Rounder 0132, Bob Carlin – "Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo" (1980. Learned from the New England contra-dance band Applejack).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Andy Dejarlis's 1967 recording on youtube.com [2] ("Winnipeg Reel").




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