Pigeon on the Gatepost (2)

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PIGEON ON THE GATEPOST [2]. AKA and see “Jack Tar,” “Pigeon on the Gate (2),” “Pigeon on the Pier (2),” “Sturgeon Tea (The),” “Twin Sisters (1) (The).” Canadian, Reel. Canada, Prince Edward Island. A Minor (Fiddler Magazine): A Dorian (Perlman). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Perlman) AA'BB' (Fiddler Magazine). Compare "Pigeon on the Gatepost" [1] and [2], both collected from Prince Edward Island fiddlers, though sixty years apart. Ken Perlman (1995) notes it is a reel widely played on P.E.I., often referred to as one of the "good old tunes." “The Twin Sisters,” “Jack Tar,” and “The Sturgeon Tea” are alternate PEI titles.

Sources for notated versions: Archie Stewart (b. 1917, Milltown Cross, South Kings County, P.E.I.) [Ken Perlman/Fiddler Magazine]; Eddy Arsenault (b. 1921, Chrysostom, East Prince County, P.E.I.) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Fiddler Magazine, Spring 1995; p. 11. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 81.

Recorded sources: Marimac Recordings, "The Old Time Fiddlers of Prince Edward Island" (1993).




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