Reel du sous-marin

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REEL DU SOUS-MARIN (Submarine Jig). AKA - "Gigue du sous-matin." AKA and see "Galop des pompiers," "Reel des dentistes." French-Canadian, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. It is unknown at this time whether the title refers to the undersea environment, or the boat that submerges. However, Allard's recording was released in 1942, at the height of the German 'wolf-pack' submarine war in the North Atlantic that devastated Canadian merchant marine shipping--a German submarine intruded into the St. Lawrence River near Rimouski that year. The jauntiness of the tune is somewhat at odds with the submarine warfare that proved so destructive. However, the jig predates Allard's recording, having first been issued by Victor Records in 1928 as "Quadrille de Berthier 1ère partie" by fiddler Arthur Joseph Boulay (1883-1948). Montreal accordion player Alfred Montmarquette (1871-1944) issued a version in 1930 as "Galop des pompiers," notes researcher Jean Duval[1], who says that popular singer Mary Travers (AKA Madamme Bolduc) had words put to it. Duval also finds that Allard's younger contemporary, fiddler Isidore Soucy (1899-1963) recorded versions of the tune in 2/4 time on two occasions: as "Reel des dentistes" (1936) and "Quadrille des bois" (1947)[2].

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Joseph Allard (1873-1947, Montreal) [Cuillerier].

Printed sources : -Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 10. Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 117.

Recorded sources: -Bluebird B-1279-b (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1942). Yvon Cuillerier - "Hommage a Joseph Allard Grand Violoneux tome II."



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  1. Jean Duval, "La Musique de Jospeh Allard 1873-1947", 2018, p. 80.
  2. ibid.