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WHELAN’S BREAKDOWN, Reel des lutteurs (Le), Whalen's Breakdown. Canadian, Two-Step. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Whelan's Breakdown" was popularized by a recording by Don Messer and His Islanders, and is a popular dance tune in many parts of Canada. Its origins are unknown.
Source for notated version: Sidney Baglole (b. 1912, Southwest Lot 16, West Prince County, Prince Edward Island; new resident of Freetown) [Perlman].
Printed sources: Perlman (Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 164.
Recorded sources: Apex 26315 (78 RPM), Don Messer & His Islanders