Reel du semeur

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REEL DU SEMEUR (Sower's Reel). AKA and see "Reel des bottes sauvages." French-Canadian, Reel or Polka (4/4 or 2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Reel du semeur" (Sower's Reel) was recorded by Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard (1873-1947) in 1929 for Victor records and was re-released on Victor's Bluebird label (B-4911-A) in 1936 as "Reel des bottes sauvages." On the latter where he is credited under a pseudonym, 'Maxime Touin'. Fiddler Pascal Gemme says this tune is a popular accordion melody.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Songer (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2005; p. 183.

Recorded sources: Bluebird B-4911-A (78 RPM), Maxime Toupin (1936, as "Reel des bottes sauvages"). Philo 2012, "Jean Carignan Rend Hommage a Joseph Allard" (1976). Victor 263648 (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1929).

See also listing at:
Hear Joseph Allard's 1929 recording on youtube.com [1] and at the Virtual Gramophone [2]
See/hear Pascal Gemme's blog with the tune [3]




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