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X:1 T:Reel St-Émile S:Joe Bouchard (1905-1979, Île d'Orléans, Que.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Bluebird B-1168B (78 RPM), Jos. Bouchard (1938) F: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G G2 (BG) (DG)BG|DGBd g2fg|[M:3/2]a2AA cAeA cAAA| ABcd egfa gedB| [M:C|].G2 (BG) (DG)BG|DGBd g2 fg|[M:3/2]afge fefd eAAA|1ABcd egfa gedB:|2 ABcd egfa gdef|| [M:3/4]g2dg Bg|[M:C|]dgBg dgBg|dgba gfed|eaaa eaaa |eaaa eaaa|[M:3/4] gfed ef| g2 dg Bg |[M:C|]dgBg dgBg| dgba gfed |efge fefd |eAAA ABcd|1egfa gdef:|2egfa gedB||

REEL ST-EMILE. AKA and see "Madame Renaud," "Reel de Mme. Renault." French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The 'crooked' or irregular reel was recorded in Montreal in 1938 by fiddler Joseph Bouchard (1905-1973), and released on RCA Victor's Bluebird label. Saint-Émile is a former city in central Quebec, Canada, but was amalgamated into Quebec City in 2002. It is located within the Borough of La Haute-Saint-Charles.

The tune was originally recorded in 1928 by Montreal fiddler Jospeh Allard in a "square" (regular metre) version under the title "Reel de Mme. Renault" (Victor 263531-B). It is related to the Scots melody "<incipit title="load:Fettercairn" width=850 link=" of Fettercairn (The)">Bob of Fettercairn (The)</incipit>" and the American old-time tune "<incipit title="load:Humphrey" width=850 link="'s Jig (1)">Humphrey's Jig (1)</incipit>," finds Lisa Ornstein. However, the latter tune seems quite distanced, if in fact it is related. It also appears derivative of the Scottish reel "<incipit title="load:MacDonald" width=850 link=" MacDonald (4)">Lord MacDonald (4)</incipit>" a popular reel in Canada. See also "<incipit title="load:Petit" width=850 link=" Bûcheux (Le)">Petit Bûcheux (Le)</incipit>" for a similar "Lord MacDonald" derivative.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : -

Recorded sources: -Bluebird B-1168 (78 RPM), Jos Bouchard (1938). Bonanza B-29636, "Roger Langlois ‎– Et Son Accordéon." Jean Lemelin – "Les Musiciens De L'Ile D'Orléans:Musique Traditionnelle Du Quebec."

See also listing at:
Hear Bouchard's recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1], at the Internet Archive [2] and on [3]

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