Valse de Bayou Teche (1) (La)

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VALSE DE BAYOU TECHE [1], LA. (Bayou Teche Waltz). Cajun, Waltz. USA, Louisiana. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABA(Vocal)BBA(Vocal)A(Vocal)BA(Vocal)BA. Bayou Teche is described by Raymond Francois (1990) as a "long, sluggish meandering stream" whose name comes from a Choctaw Indian word meaning "big snake." The Acadian people first settled along this stream when transported to Louisiana, navigating it in light boats called pirogues.

Source for notated version: Columbus "Boy" Frugé (1907-1980, La.) [Francois]. An early child prodigy on accordion, Columbus Fruge began playing dances at the age of 11 around his hometown of Armaudville, Louisiana. In 1929, he recorded four sides for Victor in Memphis, Tennessee.

Printed sources: Francois (Yé Yaille, Chère!), 1990; pp. 39-40.

Recorded sources: Arhoolie CD433, Any Old Time String Band - “I Bid You Goodnight” (1978-1980). Bay 217, Any Old Time - "Ladies Choice" (May be version #2). Old Timey Records OT-108, Columbus Fruge. Victor 22184 (78 RPM), Columbus Fruge (1929).

See also listing at:
Hear Fruge's recording at Juneberry 78's [1]




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