Reel de Gaspé (3)

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X:1 T:Reel de Gaspé [3] T:Reel de cheveux blancs T:Reel du fricot S:Joseph Allard (1873-1947, Montreal, Que.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Bluebird B-4935 (78 RPM), Maxime Toupin (1929) N:Maxime Toupin was a pseudonym for Joseph Allard. F:http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14774.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D DFAF DFA,D|FDAF GBEG |FAdA FAdf|edcB AGFE| DFA,F DFA,D|FDAF GBEG|FAdA FAdf|egec d2cd:| |:ecAc EAce|fdAd FAdf|gfeg fedf|edcB ABcd|ecAc EAce| fdAd FAdf|1gfeg fedf|ecAc d2cd:|2gfeg fedc |dfaf d2AF||



REEL DE GASPÉ [3]. AKA and see "Reel aux cheveux blancs," "Reel du fricot." French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Allard researcher Jean Duval [1] finds Allards reel to be a version of "Queen of the West" AKA "Sumner's Hornpipe," both printed in Boston in 1883 in Ryan's Mammoth Collection. According to Duval, there are three Allard recordings of the tune, all with different names. He originally recorded it in 1929 as "Reel aux cheveux blancs" (White-haired Reel), re-issued in 1936 by Victor on their Bluebird label as "Reel de Gaspé" (credited to the Allard pseudonym 'Maxime Toupin'). He re-recorded it in 1942 as "Reel du fricot." Duval also finds a cognate version in Montreal fiddler Isidore Soucy's "Reel des Marins."


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Cuillerier (Joseph Allard: cinquante airs traditionneles pour violon), 1992; p. 15. Jean Duval (Le Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 25, p. 13.

Recorded sources : - Bluebird B-4935, Maxime Toupin (1936).

See also listing at :
Hear Allard's 1936 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]



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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947, 2018, p. 69 [2].