Princess Reel (The)

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X:1 T:Princess Reel, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:Hector MacDonald (Bangor, P.E.I.), who learned it around 1930 “from Ervan Bambrick S:as “The Golden Wedding Reel” and remembers being the first to play the tune over the S:radio in Charlottetown.” B:The Island Fiddler (1982) [newsletter] K:G BdGB dGBG|BdGB dGBG|egce gcec|egce gcec| BdGB dGBG|BdGB dGBG|ceAc BGGB|ADFA G3G:| |:gfga gdBd|gfga gdBd|agab afdf|bgfa g2 Bd| gfga gdBd|gfga gdBd|ceAc BGGB|ADFA G3G:|]



PRINCESS REEL, THE. AKA and see “Charlie's Reel,” “Silver Wedding Reel.” Canadian, Reel. Canada; New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Ken Perlman (1996) believes the tune was probably introduced to Prince Edward Island from New Brunswick in the 1920's, and says it is now one of the most widely played tunes on the island. It is considered by PEI fiddlers as one of the "Good old tunes" on the island, although it does not seem to have been played before the 1930's. The alternate titles are also found in south King’s County, PEI.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Attwood O’Connor (b. 1923, Sturgeon, South King’s County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources : - Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 46 (includes an alternate ‘B’ part from Edward Arsenault).

Recorded sources: -Great Meadow Music GMM 2002, Rodney Miller & David Surette – “New Leaf” (2000). Marimac Recordings ‎C-6501, Attwood O'Connor - "The Old Time Fiddlers Of Prince Edward Island" (1993. Various artists). Rounder CD7014, Sid Baglole – “Fiddlers of Western Prince Edward Island” (1997). Ken Perlman - "Island Boy." Stephen Toole - "Bellows & Bows: Historic Recordings of Traditional Fiddle & Accordion Music from across Canada, Disc 1." Cynthia MacLeod - "Crackerjack" (2004).

See also listing at:
Hear a recording of Eddy Arsenault playing the tune [1]



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