Reel des voyageurs (Le)

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X:1 T:Voyageur, Le S:André Alain M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEae tuning K:A |:A2 cA eAcA|EAce dAcA|EAeg fefg|1 a2 ed ceBe:|2 a2 ed cefg|| agae agae|~f2 ed cefg|a2g2~f2 ed|~f2 ed cefg| agae agae|~f2 ed cefg|a2c2~f2 ed|\ M:6/4 L:1/8 ~f2 ed c2 E2B2 AA||



REEL DES VOYAGEURS, LE (The Traveler's Reel). AKA - "Reel du Voyageur." French-Canadian, Reel. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AA’B (Remon & Bouchard): AA’BB’ (Hart & Sandell). A ‘crooked’ or irregular tune in the second strain, with a measure of 6/4 at the end of the ‘B’ part. The melody is a variant of O’Neill’s “Traveller (1) (The)” and William Bradbury Ryan’s “Walker Street.” Omer Marcoux's "Labrador" may be a similar tune. One unrelated “Reel des Voyageurs” released in Québec in the 78 RPM era is simply a version of “Arkansas Traveler.” Jean Carignan's "Reel du voyageur" is a different tune.

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - fiddler André Alain {1931-2001} (St-Basile-de-Portneuf, Québec) [Hart & Sandell, Remon & Bouchard].

Printed sources : - Hart & Sandell (Dance ce Soir), 2001; No. 8, p. 43 (appears as “Le voyageur”). Remon & Bouchard (25 Crooked Tunes, vol. 1: Québec Fiddle Tunes), 1996; No. 4. Remon & Bouchard (Airs Torus/Crooked Tunes), 2011; No. 3, p. 21.

Recorded sources: - Compass Records, "Sharon Shannon" (1993). Green Linnett GLCD 3042, La Bottine Souriante - "Chic & Swell" (1988. Learned from André Alain). Green Linnet GLCD 3127, Sharon Shannon – “The Best of Sharon Shannon: Spellbound” (1999. Appears as second tune of “Woodchoppers” medley, learned from La Bottine Souriante). André Alain – “Violoneux de St-Basile-de-Poartneuf.” Shooglenifty - "Venus in Tweeds."

See also listing at:
Hear La Bottine souriante's version on youtube.com [1]
Hear/see André Alain play the tune at vimeo.com [2]



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