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ST(E). AGATHE. AKA and see "Esquimaults Reel," "Quadrille du loup garou - 4ème partie," "Reel de Ste-Anne," "Reel esquimault," "Reel des esquimaults," "Reel lune de miel," "St. Anne's Reel.” French‑Canadian, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The reel, well-known in a number of genres in the English-speaking world as "St. Anne's Reel," was first recorded by Montreal fiddler Willie Ringuette as "Quadrille du loup garou - 4ème partie" (1927), followed by a 78 RPM issue by another Montreal fiddler, Joseph Allard (1873-1947), as "Reel des esquimaults" (1930). Still another Montreal fiddler, Isidore Soucy (1899-1962), later recorded a version as "Reel lune de miel" (Honeymoon Reel).

Note that the reel was printed as "Sainte Agathe" in Messer's printed collections of music, but on Don Messer and His Islander's 78 RPM recording of the tune (Apex 26291) in 1950 the tune appeared on the label as "St. Anne's Reel."

One of Samuel Bayard's Pennsylvania‑collected untitled reels (1981; No. 78, p. 50) resembles this tune's first strain.


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Printed sources : - Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 39. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 59, p. 35 (appears as "Sainte Agathe").






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