Quebecois Tune of the Month Archive

Québécois Tune of the Month for January 2016: Cos-reel de Pontbriand

Here is a great cross-tuned fiddle tune I learned from Henri Landry (1923-2001), a fiddler who lived in Pontbriand, Québec (near Thetford-Mines).…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for December 2015: L’histoire de mon vieux coq

Here is an original composition from Gaspé-region fiddler Yvon Mimeault, still fiddling up a storm in his 80s! About Yvon: Born in 1928 in…

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Québec Tune of the Month for October 2015: Le Batteux

Here's a wonderful tune for the harvest season: "Le Batteux" ("The Thresher"), from Louis "Pitou" Boudreault (1905-1988). Le Batteux is Mr.…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for July 2015: Reel du bonhomme

Here is sheet music for a composition from button accordionist Adélard Thomassin of Sillery, Québec, who passed away June 4, 2015 at the age of 88.…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for June 2015: Ladies’ Chain

Here is a Ladies' Chain, from button accordionist Keith Corrigan of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC. I chose it in honor of the Big Review (a four-week…

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Québec Tune of the Month for May 2015: La gigue à Julie

Here's a three-part gigue (a step-dancing tune) I learned from Vermont Franco-American fiddler Louis Beaudoin (1921-1980) way back yonder a long…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for January 2015: Le petit mouchoir

Bonne et heureuse année! Here is a charming fiddle tune I learned from Quebec City fiddler Viateur Garneau in the 1980s. I was a volunteer…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for October 2014: Reel Antoinette

Here's a classic Quebec session tune from the repertory of fiddler Jos Bouchard, who named it in honor of his sister (though chances are he is not…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for September 2014: La valse du coq

By popular request, here is (yet another!) version of a tune most closely associated with the dance, the varsovienne (a type of waltz, also called…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for August 2014: La Grondeuse

Here's a tune from Franco-American fiddler Wilfred Guillette (1913-2004). Born in Massachusetts, Wilfred lived most of his life in Vermont. He began…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for July 2014: Patrick at Perley Brook

Here is a tune of my own making. Patrick Ouellet was a dear friend from Fort Kent, Maine who lived on a homestead of his own building close to Perley…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for March 2014: Reel Béatrice

"Reel Béatrice" is actually an Italian polka titled "Oggi nevica" or "Quando nevica" ("Today it is Snowing" or "When it Snows") which is still…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for February 2014: La Marche Pomerleau

When I lived in Quebec, I used to go visit Henri Landry (1923-2001), a wonderful fiddler living in Pontbriand (near Thetford-Mines). He was a…

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Quebecois Tune of the Month for July 2013: Hommage à Adrien Alain

In honor of this year's featured Quebecois fiddler at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Yvon Mimeault, here is one of his tunes. Yvon learned…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for June 2013: Quadrille de l’oncle Ti-Bé

In anticipation of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, which will feature Gaspé fiddler Yvon Mimeault, here is one of his tunes. Yvon learned…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for March 2013: Tommy Rooney’s Jig

Here is a lighter-than-air step dance tune from the extraordinary Gaspé coast fiddler Erskine Morris of Douglastown, Quebec. I am indebted to…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for February 2013: Reel de la p’tite misère

Here's a tune to drive dull care away from Adrien Fontaine of Bishopton in Quebec's Eastern Townships. Thanks to Éric Favreau and Claude Méthé for…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for Jan. 2013: Cotillon de la patte de mouton

Here is a great tune to start la nouvelle année: "Le Cotillon de la patte de mouton" ("Sheep Hoof Cotillion," loosely translated!). Aimé Gagnon…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for Dec. 2012: Valse du vieux Québec

Here's a charming version of a varsouvienne-type waltz which has circulated far and wide in Europe  and North America since the mid 1800s. It…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for November 2012: Gigue à Matilda

Quebec Tune of the Month for Nov. 2012: Gigue à Matilda. Here is a great tune from the repertory of Joseph "Tido" Beaudry of St-Côme. He was an…

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Quebec Tune of the Month for Oct. 2012: Reel Saint-Paul

Here is a great old classic reel from Québec which is widely played by fiddlers and accordion players alike. En avant la musique! Reel Saint-Paul…

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Quebecois Tune of the Month for Sept. 2012: Quadrille des ancêtres (2e partie)

Quadrille des ancêtres, 2e partie (mp3) Quadrille des ancêtres, 2e partie (sheet music) "Quadrille des ancêtres, 2e partie" (= "Old Folks'…

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Québécois Tune of the Month for August 2012: Le petit métier

Here is a fiddle tune I learned from Magdelan Island fiddler Avila LeBlanc (1914-2010). This is one of several tunes which Avila classified as…

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Quebec tune of the month for July 2012: Casse Reel from Lotbinière

Here is one of my favorite cross-A Quebec dance tunes from Aimé Gagnon (1922-1997) of St-Louis-de-Lotbinière. Aimé Gagnon's grandfather, father,…

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