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VALLEYFIELD REEL. AKA – "Reel de Valleyfield." French Canadian, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The reel is attributed to, and was popularized by, accordion player and composer Alfred Montmarquette [1] (1871–1944). Pascal Gemme (of the group Genticorum) says the tune is well-known by fiddlers in Montréal. Salabery-de-Valleyfield is a town located on an island on the Saint Lawrence River, southwest of Montréal, not far from the border with New York. The name 'Valleyfield' was taken from the Valleyfield Mills, a paper mill south of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Alfred Montmarquette

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 56, p. 43. Raz de Marée/Tidal Wave Tune Book, n.d.; p. 7.

Recorded sources: April Verch Music, April Verch – "Fiddleicious" (1998). Folkways FWRBF111, "Masters of French-Canadian Music, vol. 2, Alfred Montmarquette" (1980). Great Meadow Music, "Raz de Marée/Tidal Wave" (2008). Scorbut Records SCOR-4, Les Chauffeurs à Pieds – "Déjeuner canadien" (2004). Starr 19201-B (78 RPM), Alfred Montmarquette & Adélard St-Jean (1930).

See also listing at:
Eric Lortie's Indentitairs Québécois [2]
Hear Alfred Montmarquette's 1930 recording at Indentitairs Québécois [3]




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