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VAIL'S BREAKDOWN. Canadian, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was first recorded by Don Messer and His Islanders in the 1940's, and re-recorded several times in subsequent years. It was one of the staple dance tunes Messer and his band played for dances.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 6, p. 7.

Recorded sources: Apex AL 1607, Don Messer and His Islanders - "Down East Dancin' vol. 4." Apex SA-3, Don Messer and His Islanders - "On the Air" (An anthology album on favorites from 26 years of recording for the Apex label, produced exclusively for Canada Packers Limited, makers of Domestic Shortening). Banff Rodeo SBS 5306, Graham Townsend - "I Like Don Messer."

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