Reel de la tuque bleue
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REEL DE (LA) TUQUE BLEUE. AKA and see "Blue Cap Reel," "Blue Garters (The)," "Quadrille des bûcherons: 6ème figure," "Snowshoer (The)," "Snowshoer's Reel (1) (The)," “Tuque Bleue.” French-Canadian, Reel. G Major (Miller & Perron, Page): F Major (Cranford/Holland). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Carlin): AA'BB' (Begin, Cuillerier). "Reel de la tuque bleue" is from the repertoire of Québec fiddler Joseph Allard (1873-1947), who recorded it in Nov. 1929 for Victor records (accompanied by piano and a jew’s harp). The reel is a variant of Francis O'Neill's "Blue Garters (The)," obtained from the repertoire of Chicago fiddler John McFadden, originally from County Mayo. According to Anne Lederman (entry on “Fiddling”, Encylcopedia of Music in Canada, 1992), Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard’s (1865-1947) version of this tune, recorded in 1930, became popular in English-speaking Canada as “Snowshoe Reel/Snowshoer's Reel (1).” However, Allard's version is predated by Montreal fiddler J.O. LaMadeleine who had recorded a slightly 'crooked' (irregular meter) version in 1928 under the title "Quadrille des bûcherons: 6ème figure." “Down East” Canadian radio and TV fiddler Don Messer’s version of the tune was called “The Snow Shoers.”
The name Les tuques bleues refers to a key item in the uniform of the old Montreal Snow Shoe Club (MSSC), which was led by powerful anglophones such as Lord Stanley, known today mainly for a silver cup he donated for a hockey game. The reel has long been a popular staple for American contra dancing.