Annotation:Valleyfield Reel

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Alfred Montmarquette
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.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 56, p. 43. Raz de Marée/Tidal Wave Tune Book, n.d.; p. 7. Susan Songer with Clyde Curley (Portland Collection, vol. 3), 2015; p. 218.

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). Transit TRCD-9501, Gabriel Labbé, Benoît Bourque, Mario Loiselle, Sabin Jacques, Richard Forest - "Hommage à Alfred Montmarquette 1871-1944" (1995). "Les sessions du Vices & Versa: 15e anniversaire" (2021. Last tune in set "La marche d'ouverture"). "Hommage À Alfred Montmarquette 1871-1944" (1995, various artists).

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

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