Reel de la bombarde

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X:1 T:Reel de la bombarde M:C| L:1/8 R:Polka Q:"Fast" N:A version of "Paddy on the Turnpike", fairly close to the N:Irish version. A bombarde is a jew's harp. N:From the playing of fiddler Arthur-Joseph (A.J.) Boulay (1883-1948), N:who was born in New Hampshire, but who spent much of his life in Quebec. D:Victor 263685A (78 RPM), A.J. Boulay (1930) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Gmin BAGF DGGA|BFcF d<cB-A|BAGF DGGA|BdcA G2G2| BAGF DGGA|BFcF d-cB-A|BAGF DGGA|BdcA G2G2|| G2g2g2 ga|bgaf g=ecA|F2f2f2 fg|afg=e fe (d/c/B/A/)| G2g2g2 ga|bgaf g2de|f2 fd c-A G2 D-FG-F G2||

REEL DE LA BOMBARDE. AKA and see "2ème partie du Set carré à Pitou Boudreault," "Paresis." French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Reel de la bombarde" is a version of the reel "Paresis," as played by Cape Breton fiddlers. Compare also with the Irish reel "Paddy on the Turnpike (1).". Fiddler A.J. Boulay (1883-1948) recorded it in 1930 with Henri Lacroix (1895-1962), with whom he recorded a number of times. Lacroix was a bombarde, or jew's harp, player who usually accompanied Boulay's fiddling but on this recording Boulay's playing (with piano accompaniment) was interspersed with bombarde solos (hence the name of the tune on the record).

Other Quebec versions of "Paddy on the Turnpike" can be heard as "Reel du plombier."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique d'Arthur-Joseph Boulay 1883-1948), 2020; No. 43, p. 23.

Recorded sources : - Victor 263685A (78 RPM), A.J. Boulay (1930)

See also listing at :
Hear A.J. Boulay's 1930 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1].

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