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REEL DU CULTIVATEUR (Gardener's/Farmer's Reel). French-Canadian, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The tune was recorded in the 78 RPM era by Montreal fiddlers Joseph Allard (1873-1947) in 1929, and Joseph Ovila (J.O.) La Madeleine (1880-1973) in 1928 and again in 1932.

J.O. LaMadeleine and sons
Joseph Allard

LaMadeleine was a left-handed fiddler and owned a music shop in Montreal. Don Messer recorded a "Farmer's Reel (1)" but it is a different tune.



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 26.

Recorded sources: Philo FI-2006, Philippe Bruneau - "Danses Pour Veillées Canadiennes" (1974). Philo Records FI 2012, "Jean Carignan rend hommage à Joseph Allard" (1976). Starr 15576-A (78 RPM), J.L. LaMaedeleine (1932). Victor 263570-a (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1929). Le Rêve du diable - "Délire Et Des Reels" (1979). Pascal Gemme & Mario Loiselle - "Musique du Monde/Music from the World" (2013).

See also listings at:
See Pascal Gemme's blog with standard notation version of the reel [1]
Hear Joseph Allard's 1929 recording on the Virtual Gramophone [2]
Hear J.O. LaMadeleine's recording on youtube.com [3][4] and at the Virtual Gramophone [5]
Hear a field recording of Chicoutimi fiddler Louis "Pitou" Boudreault playing the tune in 1977 at Slippery Hill [6]




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