Valse-Clog Guilmette (1)

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X:1 T:Valse Clog Guilmette [1] C:Jos. Guilmette (1886-1950) M:3/4 L:1/8 B:Hart & Sandell - Danse ce soir (2001) Q:Waltz-Clog K:Bmin g2|:ff Bc de|ff Bc dB|gg Bg gB|Bf f2 zg| f2 Bc de|f2 Bc dB|c>f f2f2|c/c/c fe fg| f2 Bc de|f2 Bc dB|gg Bg gB-|Bf- f3 f| f2g2f2|e2d2c2|B2 FB df|1bb bg g2:|2 b3- b f|| a2g2B2|c2z cB2|AA ff AA|BB Ba aa| aa gg BB|c2f2 zc|ee dd B2|Aa aa aa| aa gg BB|cA ec B2|AA ff AA|BB aa aa| a2 g3B|cA fd ec|d2 Ad fa|d'a ga ge|d' zg4||



VALSE-CLOG GUILMETTE [1]. French-Canadian, Waltz-Clog (3/4 time). B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. The waltz clog, a tap dance in ¾ time, is thought to be derived from German and British immigrants after the Civil War; as a fad it was popular in the early 1900’s, and perfected by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and others. In French Canada the waltz-clog is the only British inheritance in the traditional step dancing of the region. It was mostly danced in Montreal and owes its influence mainly to Montreal fiddler Jean Carignan. Hart & Sandell (2001) note the tune is often paired with “Valse-Clog Lacroix.”

Additional notes

Joseph Guilmette

Source for notated version: - accordion player Joseph Guilmette (1886-1950), Rimouski, Québec, via accordion player Normand Miron (Saint-Béatrix, Québec) [Hart & Sandell].

Printed sources : - Hart & Sandell (Dance ce Soir), 2001; No. 53, p. 88.

Recorded sources: -Philo 2003, “Philippe Bruneau” (1973). Smithsonian Folkways, Joseph Guilmette – “Masters of French Canadian Music, vol. 4” (1982, reissue of original 78 RPM). Victor 263779 (78 RPM), Joseph Guilmette (1931).

See also listing at:
Eric Lortie's Identitairs Québécois [1]
See the waltz-clog played by Childsplay, and danced by Pierre Chartrand and Molly Gawler on youtube.com [2] (2nd tune, following Valse Spirale).
Hear Guilmette's 1931 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [3] [4]



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