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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  (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.
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.
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).