Reel de minuit
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REEL DE MINUIT (Midnight Reel). French-Canadian, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. "Reel de minuit" is from the repertoire of Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard  (1873-1947), recorded in 1929 for the Victor label. Researcher Jean Duval believes it may be one of his own compositions. Ten years later it was recorded by another Montreal fiddler, J.O. LaMadeleine (1880-1973) for Starr Records. A version of the reel that predates Allard's "Reel de minuit" was recorded as "Le mistigris" in Montreal in 1926 (Starr 15297A) by the accordion duo of Adélard LeBrun (1877-1931) and his wife (1868-1953, whose first name does not appear on the label). A 'mistigris' was a dance, like a play-party dance, in Québec in the early 20th century.