Reel du chauffeur
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REEL DU CHAUFFEUR (Chauffeur's/Driver's Reel). AKA and see "Ned Kendall's Hornpipe (2)," "Reefer's Hornpipe," "Reel des chantiers." French-Canadian, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The reel is better-known today under the "Reel des chantiers" title, the name that Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard recorded it under the second time, in 1937. The phrases are reversed in this tune from the original New England melody "Ned Kendall's Hornpipe (2)." Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard (1873-1947), the source for this version of the tune (recorded in 1929), was born in the state of Maine and spent time in New England as a young man, where he is known to have entered fiddle contests. It may be that he picked up this tune at that time. A very similar melody is Francis O'Neill's hornpipe "Swinging around the Circle."