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REEL DU BRAE, LA (The Brae Reel). Canadian, Reel. Canada, Prince Edward Island. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was popularized on PEI by fiddler Alfred "Eddy" Arsenault (1921-2014). Arsenault was a carpenter and fisherman born in St. Chrysostome in the Evangéline (Acadian) region of Prince Edward Island. He worked as a lobster fisherman for forty years on Egmont Bay, which fittingly became the title of his first album ("Egmont Baie").

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Learned by Edward P. Arsenault (b. 1938, Wellington, East Prince County, PEI) from fiddler Preston MacKinnon who lived in a Prince County district called The Brae [Perlman].

Printed sources : - Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 84.

Recorded sources : - Atlantica Music 02 77657 50222 26, Eddy Arsenault - “Atlantic Fiddles” (1994). Great Meadow Music GMM 2002, Rodney Miller & David Surette – “New Leaf” (2000. Appears as “The Brae Reel”). House Party Productions HPP 1, Eddy Arsenault - “Piling on the Bois Sec” (1993). Les Productions De L'Ile ‎– ILE 1001, Eddy Arsenault - "Egmont Baie" (1981). Rounder CD 7014, Eddy Arsenault – “Fiddlers of Western Prince Edward Island” (1997). CA-010-09, Chuck & Albert (Arsenault) - "Énergie". Rounder CD 7016, The Robichaud Brothers - "The Slippery Stick" (1996). Frank Ferrel - "Maritime Melodies" (2016. 2nd tune in "Acadian Reels" set. Ferrel first heard the tune from Acadian fiddler Gerry Robichaud).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Hear field recordings of Eddy Arsenault playing the tune at Dances Down Home [2]

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