Reel de Napoléon (1)
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REEL DE NAPOLÉON  (Napoleon's Reel). French-Canadian, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The reel was in the repertoire of Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard (1873-1947), recorded by him in 1937 and released on Victor's Bluebird label. A different "Reel de Napoléon (2)" was recorded by Isidore Soucy in 1936, a year before Allard. Allard also recorded this tune as "Reel du voyageur" (Victor 263534-A 1928) and Jean Carignan used this name in at least two recordings: "Old Time Fiddle Tunes played by Jean Carignan", Folkways Records FG 3531, 1960 track 1  and Archives Disque 1, track 32. Just to confuse matters Carignan recorded a different tune as "Reel du voyageur" on his "rend hommage à Joseph Allard" album (Philo Records FI 2012, 1976, track B8). This tune is a version of the Irish tune "Trim the Velvet"; Carignan's version closely follows the version recorded by Michael Coleman (Bluebird B4931, 1927).