Reel d'Issoudun

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REEL d’ISSOUDUN. AKA – “Issoudun.” French-Canadian, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BBB’. The tune was collected in 1983 by Guy Bouchard from fiddler Joseph Couture of Issodun, Québec. when M. Couture was 75 years old. The tune is ‘crooked’ at the end of the second strain. Issoudun, or formally, Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur-d'Issoudun, is a parish municipality in the Lotbinière Regional County Municipality in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of southern Quebec, Canada, on the St. Lawrence River. The name honors a group of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart who came to Quebec City in 1900, from Issoudun, France.

Source for notated version: Joseph Couture (Issoudun, Québec) [Remon & Bouchard].

Printed sources: Bouchard (Fiddler Magazine, vol. 5, No. 1), 1998; p. 7. Remon & Bouchard (25 Crooked Tunes, vol. 1: Québec Fiddle Tunes), 1996; No. 9.

Recorded sources: 30 Below TB 001CD, Les têtes de violon (Bouchard et al) – “Airs Tordus/Crooked Tunes” (1998). Brandy Music CD701, Linda Breitag - "Feet to the Fire" (1997). Midnight CD001, Nightingale - “Sometimes When the Moon is High” (1996). Nicole Rabata - "Armorica" (2010).

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