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QUADRILLE INDIAN (Quadrille indien). AKA and see "Reel des skieurs," “Indian (The),” "Indian Reel." French Canadian (originally), American; Reel. USA, New England. G Major ('A' part) & C Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Miller & Perron, Page, Songer): AA'BB' (Bégin). The reel was recorded by Quebec fiddler Joseph Allard [1] (1873–1947) in 1928 in Montreal. It was picked up by American contra dance musicians via Ralph Page [2] (1903–1985), who used it for his New England dances.

Joseph Allard

Source for notated version: Jeff “Smokey” McKeen fo the Maine Band The Grey Goose, via Deborah Lindsay (Portland, Oregon) [Songer]; fiddler Dawson Girdwood (Perth, Ottawa Valley, Ontario) [Bégin].

Printed sources: Bégin (Fiddle Music in the Ottawa Valley: Dawson Girdwood), 1985; No. 52, p. 61. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 94, p. 60. Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; pg. 24. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddler's Repertoire), 1983; No. 143 (appears as "Indian Reel"). Page (Ralph Page Book of Contras), 1969; p. 15 (appears as "Indian Reel"). Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 106 (appears as “The Indian”).

Recorded sources: Folkways FG 3531, Jean Carignan "Old Time Fiddle Tunes" (1968). Folkways FD 6530, Old Grey Goose - "Maine Country Dance Music and Song" (1980). Fretless 132, "Ron West: Vermont Fiddler." Victor 263531 (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1928).

See also listing at:
Hear Joseph Allard's 1928 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [3]

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