Reel de Père Léon

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REEL DE PÈRE LÉON. AKA “Pere Leon.” AKA “Reel à Pierre-Leon.” French-Canadian, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Songer): AB (Silberberg). A reel from the repertoire of La famille Soucy, named for Pierre-Léon Cantin, who played the piece. Guitarist and singer Gilles Cantin, a member of the groups Hommage aux aînés and La Bottine Souriante (from 1977-1981), was his son. La Bottine Souriante recorded it on their 1981 album Les Épousailles.

Source for notated version: Sande Gillette [Silberberg]; Dave Trop and Ward Beebe (Seattle, Washington) [Songer].

Printed sources: Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 117. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 159.

Recorded sources: Marimac 9012, Fish Family Dance Band - “Fluke Hits” (1987). Gamma GS 256, La Bottine Souriante - “Les Épousailles” (1981).

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