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A Collection of Fiddle Tunes of New England & Related Traditions

Notes:

  • Each section is presented in alphabetical order. Tunes  from the Lamprey River Band Tunebook are marked as such.
  • All tunes are in abc format, which allows music to be written in text form.
    • With free software it can be displayed as standard notation or it can be played back to you.

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  • A searchable listing of tunes on the web site is here. You can sort them by any column.
  • A listing of the sources I used in preparing this web site is here.
  • There is a chord book available to download in PDF format for all tunes on this web site.

 

X:1000

T:Reel in A & D

T:Reel des pilotes

S:From the playing of Sabin Jacques, Quebecois Social Dance, Ashokan 1997

N:Nearly every part of the tune was subject to variation, so this is really a sampling of

N:how it was played.This was played by the Trio Rosaire Girard under the name Reel des

N:pilotes (on $2 100 Ans de Musique Traditionnelle Quebecoise, Vol. 2: Deuxieme Epoque $0

N:$2 1940-1960,$0 compiled by Gabriel Labbé). I've seen it under other names as well.

M:2/4

L:1/16

Q:"Both parts are played 4 times"

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:A

E |\

"A" A2EA c2Ac      | "A" eece az zE       | "A" AcEA c2cA   | "D" BcdB F3F      |

"E7" B2GB d2Bd     | "E7" g2g2- g>g (3fgf | "E7" e2gf edcB   |1-3 y"A" A2ce a2z  :|4 "A" A2ce a2z2 ||

K:D

|: "D" f6a2        | "D" d4 d2=c2         | "G" B6 g2        | "E7 " B4-Bc (3BcB |\

"A7" A2>A2 c2e2    | "A7" a^gab a=gec     |

|[1,3 y "A7" a2g2 e2=f2 | "D" ^f2zd B2A2   \

:|2 "A7" a2ag B2c2 | "D" dfec d2 z       :|4 "A7" a2ag B2c2 | "D" dfec d2 |]

 

X:1091

T:Acadian Reel

S:The melody is transcribed from the fiddling of Doug Protsik, recorded at Maine

S:Fiddle Camp, Aug.7, 2009. I also include a more basic version of the melody elsewhere.

N:All eigth note rests apply to all players.

M:2/4

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec ~ Quebec ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As played by Doug Protsik

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

A>B |\

"D" AG FA | "D"  d>e dd/e/ | "D" ((3f/g/f/)e dc | "D" dd/d/ df/g/ |\

"D" ag ((3f/g/f/)d | "A"  ee/f/ e((3e/f/g/) | "A" ag ((3f/g/f/)e | "D" fz A>B |

"D" AG FA | "D"  d>e dd/e/   | "D" ((3f/g/f/)e dc | "D" dd/d/ df/g/ |\

"D" ag ((3f/g/f/)d | "A"  ee/f/ e((3e/f/g/) | "A" ag ((3f/g/f/)e | "D" dz   ||

gf |\

"G" e>B  BB  | "G" [eB]e ((3f/g/f/)e | "D"  dB/2d/2 AA | "D"  Af gf |\

"G" e>B  BB  | "G" [eB]e ((3f/g/f/)e | "D"  dA/2B/2 AA | "D"  Ad ed |

"A"  ca   Bc | "D"  dz gf |\

"G" e>B  BB  | "G" [eB]e ((3f/g/f/)e | "D"  dB/2d/2 AA | "D"  Ad ed |\

"A"  ca   Bc | "D"  dz   |]

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X:1092

T:Acadian Reel

N:This is a basic version of the melody. I also include a fuller version

N:transcribed from the fiddling of Maine fiddler Doug Protsik.

N:All eigth note rests apply to all players.

M:2/4

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec ~ Quebec ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text Basic Melody

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

A>B |\

"D" AG FA | "D"  d>e dd/e/ | "D" fe dc | "D" d2 df/g/ |\

"D" ag fd | "A"  e2 ee/f/ | "A" ag fe | "D" fz A>B |

"D" AG FA | "D"  d>e dd/e/ | "D" fe dc | "D" d2 df/g/ |\

"D" ag fd | "A"  e2 ee/f/ | "A" ag fe | "D" dz   ||

gf |\

"G" e>B  BB  | "G" Be fe | "D"  d>A AA | "D"  Af gf |\

"G" e>B  BB  | "G" Be fe | "D"  d>A AA | "D"  Ad ed |

"A"  ca   Bc | "D"  dz gf |\

"G" e>B  BB  | "G" Be fe | "D"  dA AA | "D"  Ad ed |\

"A"  ca   Bc | "D"  dz   |]

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X:1093

T:Reel des Accord\'eonistes

C:Marcel Messervier

S:Lisa Ornstein & Denis Pepin, $2Danseries de la Belle Province.$0 Québec, Lisa Ornstein, 1984.

N:There were a number of guest musicians. Yvan Brault played piano on several tracks.

N:He was an amazing piano player. I once got to watch him play at an evening party at

N:the Champlain Valley Festival in the late 1980s and it completely changed my

N:understanding of piano accompaniment. I certainly missed a lot in figuring out the

N:chords; these are my best guesses and are much simplified from what he played.

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

FG |\

 "D" A2Af "G" edcB | "D" ABAG F2EF | "Em" GAGF "A7" EBBB | "D" ABAG FDFG |

 "D" A2Af "G" edcB | "D" ABAG F2EF | "Em" GFEF "A7" GABc | "D" df"A"ec "D" d2 :|

|:A2 |\

 "G" B2 GB "Em" d2cB | "D/F#" A2 FA D2 EF     | "Em" GECE "A7" A,CEC      | "D" DEFG A2FA |

 "^B2;B1;" yyy"G;G" B2 GB "G# dim ;G" d2cB    | "D/A;D" A2 FA "Bm;D" d2cd |\

"Em" efec "A7" dcBA  |1 "D" FA"A7"Bc "D7" d2 :|2 "D" FA"A7"Bc "D7"d2 de   |]

|: "G" dBGd BGdA     | "D/F#" FdAF "D/F" d2cd | "A7/E" e2d2 (3cdc (3BcB   | "D" ABAG Fddd |

 "G" dBGd BGdA       | "D" FdAF d2cd          | "E7" efec "A7" dcBA       |1\

 "D" FA"A7"Bc "D7" defe :|2 "D" FA"A7"Bc"D"d2 |]

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X:1372

T:Allie Crocker

N:The melody is a fairly standard New England version. Chords are from the playing

N:of Randy Miller on Castles in the Air. The final D eighth note would be omitted the

N:last time through the tune.

M:4/4

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

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K:D

"D" Addc d2df | "G" edcd "A7" efga | "D" fddc "Bm" d2df | "Em" edcB "A7" AGFE |

"D" Dddc d2df | "G" edcd "A7" efga | "D" fddc "Bm" d2df | "Em" edcd "A7" efge ||

"D" faa^g a2>f2 | "D" bagf efg2 | "Em" Aggf g2gb | "Em" agfe "A7" def2 |

"D" Addd "A" dccc | "G" cBBB "D" BAAA | "G" Aggf "Em" g2gb | "A7" agec "D" d2>d2 |]

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X:1395

T:Set Américain

N:This tune was first recorded by button accordion player Theodore Duguay.

N:This is a reasonably representative transcription of how it's played today.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text A Current Version

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

(3ABc|\

"D" dAFA DAFA      | "A7" EAFA "D" DABc    | "D" dAFA DAFA | "E7" edef "A7" eABc |

"D" dAFA DAFA      | "A7" EAFA "D" D2(3ABc | "D" dcdf "A7" eABc |1\

"A7" dfec "D" d2  :|2 "A7" dfec "D" d2c2   ||

|: "Bm" B2>c2 dcde | "Bm" f2fg fedc        | "Bm" BABc dcBA | "F#m"GFGA GGF2 |

"Bm" B2Bc dcde     | "Bm" f2fg fedc        | "Bm" BABc dcBA |1\

"Bm" Bb"F#m"fd y"Bm" B2F2 :|2 "Bm" Bb"F#m"fd y"Bm" B2|]

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X:1396

T:Set Américain

S:Theodore Duguay

N:This transcription is based on the playing of Theodore Duguay, transposed from C.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As Played by Theodore Duguay

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

A Bc | \

"D" dAFA DAFA | "A7" EAFA "D" DDBc | "D" dAFA DAFA | "A7" Eedf egBc |

"D" dAFA DAFA | "A7" EAFA "D" D2(3ABc | "D" dcdf "A7" egBc |1\

"A7" dfec "D" d :|2 "A7" d2f2 "D" d2dc ||

"Bm" BABc ddde | "Bm" fefg fedc | "Bm" BBBc dddB | "F#m;" ((3GBG)F2 ((3GBG) FF |

"Bm" BABc dcde | "Bm" fffg fedc | "Bm" {Bc}BABc dcBA | "Bm" Bb"F#m"fd "Bm" B2dc ||

"Bm" BABc ddde | "Bm" fefg fedc | "Bm" {Bc}BABc dcBA | "F#m" GFGA ((3GBG) FF |

"Bm" BFBc ddde | "Bm" fefg fedc | "Bm" {Bc}BABc dcBA | "Bm" Bb"F#m"fd "Bm" B |]

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X:1397

T:Set Américain

N:Here's a transcription based on the teaching of Don Roy as taught at Maine Fiddle

N:Camp, 6/15/02. Don sometimes plays it as a step dance tune for Cindy Roy.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As Played by Don Roy

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

((3ABc) |\

"D" dAFA DAFA | "A7" EAFA "D" D z ((3ABc) | "D" dAFA DF ((3ABc) | "A7" ecAc ec ((3ABc) |

"D" dAFA DAFA | "A7" EAFA "D" D z ((3ABc) | "D" dcdf "A7" egBc |1\

"D" df"A7"ec "D" d2 :|2 "D"df"A7"ec "D"d2dc ||

|: "Bm" ([Bf][^A^e][Bf])c dcd=e | "Bm"[B2f2][Bf]g fedc | "Bm"BABc dcBA | "G"GFGA "F#" ((3GAG) F2 |

"Bm" ([Bf][^A^e][Bf])c dcd=e | "Bm"[B2f2][Bf]g fedc | "Bm"BABc dcBA |1\

"Bm"Bb"F#"fd "Bm"[B2f2]Ad :|2 "Bm" Bb"F#"fd "Bm"[B2f2] |]

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X:1427

T:Angus Robichaud's Reel

S:Gerry Robichaud, $2Maritime Dance Party.$0 Fretless, FR201, 1978.

N:The syncopated phrases were most likely played as ghost notes originally.

N:There are a number of tunes which include variations of the A part in Quebec;

N:in most cases those notes are still played as ghost notes. Using the bowing

N:bowing shown above, this would involve a slight down bow instead of the rests.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

|:AG |\

"D" FD2D DFAd | "G" BG2G G2ed | "A7" cA2A Acea | "D" fdAd fdAG |

"D" FD2D DFAd | "G" BG2G G2ed | "A7" cA2A Acea | "D" f[f2d2]d .[f2d2] :|

|:g2- |\

"G"  gagf    g2fg | "D" abaf dffd | "A7" Acef g/f/e ce | "D" defg a2Bd |

"G" .g2{a}gf g2fg | "D" abaf dffd | "A7" Acef g/f/e ce | "D" d[fd][f2d2] [f2d2] :|

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%%textfont Palatino-Bold 16

%%annotationfont Palatino-BoldItalic 14

%%text The syncopated portions of many A-part measures were often played like this:.

%%vskip 10

||  AG | "D" vF.uD zuD vDFAd |  "G" vB.uG zuG vG2ed |

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X:2039

T:Set de la Baie St. Paul

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

  de |\

"D"  f2f2 fgfe | "D"  d2d2- ddcd | "D"  e2d2 "(F#7)" c2d2 |  "G"  B4 c2d2 |

"A7" e2e2 efed | "A7" c2c2- cdcB | "A7" A2g2 f2e2 |1 "D"   [d6f6] :|2 "D" d6 ||

|:FG |\

"D"  ABAF D2FG | "D"  ABAF D2FG  | "D"  A2d2 c2d2  | "A7" E6 EF |

"A7" GFED C2EF | "A7" GFED C2EF  |1 "A7" G2B2 A2G2 | "D"  F6   :|2 "A7" G2B2 A2C2 | "D" D6 |]

 

X:2050

%%scale .7

T:Batchelder's Reel

N:Batchelder's Reel is often played together with Ross's Reel #4.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:F

c2 |\

"F" f2af "C7" efge | "F" f2c2 c2=Bc | "Bb" dc_BA "F" BAGF | "G7" EFGA "C7" Bcde |

"F" f2af "C7" efge | "F" f2c2 c2=Bc | "Bb" dc_BA "C7" BAGF |1 "C7" EFGE "F" F2 :|2 "C7" EFGE "F" F2z2 ||

|: "F" A2cA cAcA | "Bb" B2dB dBdB | "F" A2cA      cAcA | "C7" BAGF EFGB |

   "F" A2cA cAcA | "Bb" B2dB dBdB | "F" Aceg "C7" bgeg |1 "F"  f2a2 f2z2 :|2 "F"  f2a2 f2 |]

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X:2055

T:Bay of Fundy

C:Bill Guest

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

    fg |\

"D" a2ab afdf | "D" afbf a2ef | "C" g2ga     ge=ce | "C"  gfga "A7;C"g2fg |

"D" a2ab afdf | "D" afbf a2ef | "G" gfeg "D" fedf |1 "A7" edc2 "D" d2  :|2 "A7" edc2 "D" d3 ||

|: B |\

"D" Adfd Adfd | "G" Bdgd Bdgd | "D" Adfd      Adfd | "A7" edef edcB |

"D" Adfd Adfd | "G" Bdgd Bdge | "D" fedf "A7" edce |1 "D" d2f2 d3  :|2 "D" d2f2 d2 |]

 

X:2277

T:Big John McNeil

C:Peter Milne (1824-1908)

N:I often play the alternate chords listed for emphasis.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:A

   "A"  A,2CE FECE  |  "A"  AECE     FECE |\

   "A" A,2CE "F#m;A" FECE  | "B7;D" FAGF "E7" EDCB, |

   "A"  A,2CE  FECE | "A" AECE     FECE   |  "A"  A,CB,D "D" CEDF |1\

   "E7" EGBd "A"  cAA2    :|2 "E7" EGBd   "A" cAcd  ||

|: "A"  eAfA  eAcd  | "A" eAfA  e2((3agf) |\

   "A"  eAfA "F#m;A" eece  |  "B7;E7" daca    B2cd  |

   "A" eAfA eAcd    | "A" eAfA e2ce       |  "A"  agfe   "D" fedc |1\

   "E7" defg "A" a2cd     :|2 "E7" defg   "A" a2z2  |]

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X:2452

T:Bobby Shaftoe

S:Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra, $2Swinging on a Gate, $0Front Hall Records,

S:FHR-03, 1974.

M:2/4

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   "D" d2-dg | "D" fa fd      | "A7" A2-Ad | "A7" ce cA      |\

   "D" d2-dg | "D" fa fd      | "A7" eg ec | "D"  d2 d2     :|

|: "D" fa fd | "D" fa ag/2f/2 | "A7" eg ec | "A7" eg gf/2e/2 |\

   "D" fa fd | "D" fa ag/2f/2 | "A7" eg ec | "D" d2 d2      :|

 

X:2471

T:Reel Boule de Neige

C:Joseph Allard

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:G

Bc |\

   "G" d2B2 g2B2 | "D7" d2c2 cBAB | "D7" c2A2 d2A2 | "G" c2B2 BAGB |

   "G" d2B2 g2d2 | "G" f2e2 "C" edef | "D7" e2c2 a2f2 |1 "G" g2b2 g2:|2 "G" g2b2 g2z2 ||

K:D

|: "D" ABAG F2A2 | "D" fefg f2f2 | "A7" efed c2e2 | "A7" a^gab a4 |

   "D" ABAG F2A2 | "D" fefg f2ed | "A7" c2e2 a2c2 |1 "A7" e2d2 "D" d2z2 :|2 "A7" e2d2 "D"d2 |]

 

X:3048

T:Caribou Reel

C:Andy De Jarlis

S:Notation as written by Andy De Jarlis, $2Canadian Fiddle Tunes,$0 p. 5.BMI Canada, 1958.

N:This is the tune as written.

N:The Caribou Reel is frequently labeled as an Irish reel and there are some rather

N:surprising versions to be found. Here I present the tune (1) as he wrote it

N:(this one), (2) as he played it when he recorded it, and (3) as his second fiddler Marcel

N:Meilleur played it on a recording made as a tribute to Andy De Jarlis after he died.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:Em

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As Written

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

"Em" Be2e efed   | "Em" Be2e efed     | "G" Bd2d dedc | "G" BGBc dedc |

"Em" Be2e efed   | "Em" Bdef g2fg     | "D/D" af"A7/E"ge y "D/F#" fdy"A/A"e^c y |1\

"Bm"dB"B7"AF "Em"E2 z2 :|2 "Bm" dB"B7"AF "Em"E2Bc   ||

|: "Em" BGE2 EFGA | "Em" BGE2 EctB2 | "D"D3D D2DD    | "D" A,DDD D2Bc |

"Em" BGE2 EFGA   | "Em" BGBe e3e      | "Em"efed B^cdB |1\

"B7"AGF^D "Em"E2Bc     :|2"B7"AGF^D "Em"E2 z2       |]

%%vskip 20

 

X:3050

T:Caribou Reel

C:Andy DeJarlis

S:Andy De Jarlis, $2Favourite Old Time Tunes.$0 London, EB 60, 1963

N:This is how he played the tune for a recording. to be compared with how

N:he wrote it, as shown in the previous version. There are substantial differences

N:in both melody and chords. There are a few notes he consistently played slightly

N:sharp; these are indicated by the "^" signs.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:Em

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As Played by Andy De Jarlis

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

(&"Em" !slide!e2>x2 x4 & e2>e2 efed  &)  | "Em" Beee efed     | "G" Bddd dedc | "G" BGBd dedc |

"Em" Be2e efed   | "Em" Bdef g2fg        | "D" afge fde^c \

|1 "B7"dBAF "Em"E2 z2 :|2 "B7"dBAF "Em"E2B"^^"c ||

|: "Em" BGE2 EFGA | "Em" BE({F}E)D EGFE   | "D"D2[DA]D [DA]EFD | "D" A,DDD D2A"^^"c |

"Em" BGE2 EFGA   | "Em" BGBe e3e         | "Em"efed B^cdB \

|1 "B7"AGFD "Em"E2B^c :|2"B7"AGFD "Em"E2 z2     |]

%%vskip 20

 

X:3052

T:Caribou Reel

C:Andy De Jarlis

M:2/4

L:1/16

S:Marcel Meilleur & the Red River Echoes, $2Memories with Andy DeJarlis$0. Sunshine

S:Records, SSBLP-427

N:Marcel Meilleur played second fiddle for Andy De Jarlis. This version is from a

N:record Marcel made as a tribute to Andy after his death. He assembled the

N:musicians from Andy's band to play. I've wondered if to some extent it reflects

N:how Andy De Jarlis played the tune later on.

N:This version has quite a few notes played sharp, sometimes up to a half step high.

N:There are a couple changes in the chords. Sharped notes are indicated by a "^" unless

N:they are a full half sharp.

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:Em

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As Played by Marcel Meilleur

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

(&"Em" !slide!e2>x2 x4 & e2>e2 efed  &)          | "Em" (Be)e2 efed |"G" Bddd ded^c | "G" BGBd ded^c |

  (& "Em"  xe2x x4 &  Be2e efed  &)              | "Em" Bdef g2fg   | "Am" afge "Em" fde^c \

|1 "B7" dBAF "Em"E4    :|2 "B7" dBAF "Em" E2B^c ||

|: "Em" B^GE2 EF"^^"=GE | "Em" B^GE2 (3(E^GE)E2  | "D" D3D D2D2     | "D" A,DDD D2B^c |

   "Em" B^GE2 EF"^^"=GE | "Em" B^GBe e3e         | "Am" efe^d "Em" B^c=dB \

|1 "B7" AGFD "Em" E2B^c  :|2 "B7" AGFD "Em" E4     |]

%%vskip 20

 

 

X:3241

%%scale .70

T:Reel de Chateauguay

N:This is a New England version of the tune, learned mostly from Fennig's All-Stars.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:G

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text New England Version

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

|:ga |\

   "G" b3g  "C" a3f  | "G" gage d2g2 | "D7" f2AB cBce |  "G" dBGA B2ga |

   "G" b2bg "C" a2af | "G" gage d2dg | "D7" fdAB cdef |1 "G" gagf g2  :|2 "G" gagf g4 ||

|: "G" G3B  d2g2 | "C" efge "G" d2g2 | "D7" f2AB cBce |  "G" dBGA B2A2 |

   "G" G3B  d2g2 | "C" efge "G" d2g2 | "D7" fdAB cdef |1 "G" gagf g4  :|2 "G" gagf g2 ||

%%vskip 25

 

X:3243

%%scale .70

T:Reel de Chateauguay

S:Joseph Allard, $2Grand violoneux ~ Hommage.$0 Montréal Association québécoise des

S:loisirs folkloriques, 1992.

N:This is a Québécois version of the tune, based on the playing of Joseph Allard.

N:He plays it somewhat differently on earlier recordings.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ Quebec ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:G

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As Played by Joseph Allard

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

|:ga |\

   "G" b2bg "C" a2af | "G" ggbg d2dg | "D7" fdAB cBce | "G" dBGA B2ga |

   "G" b2bg "C" a2af | "G" ggbg d2dg | "D7" fdAB cdef | "G" g2b2 g2  :|

|:BA |\

|  "G" G2GB  d2g2 | "C" efge "G" d2dg      | "D7" fdAB cBce | "G" dBGA B2{c}BA |

   "G" G2GB  d2g2 | "C" ef((3gfe) "G" d2dg | "D7" fdAB cdef | "G" g2b2 g2     :|

%%vskip 25

 

X:3461

T:Cold Frosty Morning

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:Am

   "Am" EDEG      A2A2 | "Am" ABcd e2A2   |\

   "G"  B2>A2 G2  D2   | "G"  GABc d4     |

   "Am" EDEG      A2A2 | "Am" ABcd "Em" e2ed   |\

   "Am" cBAc "Em" BAGB | "Am" A4 A4     :|

|: "Am" e2a2      a4   | "Am" abag e2>e2 | \

   "C"  ede^f "G" g2gf | "Am" edBd "Em" e2e2    |

   "Am" A2>A2 "C" c2c2 | "D"  dcd2 "Em"  e2>d2 |\

   "Am" cBAc "Em" BAGB | "Am" A4 A4     :|

 

X:3463

T:Coloured Aristocracy

M:2/4

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:G

"G"  GG E<D                                                                                                               | "G"  G3  A   |  "Em" B>c            B/2A/2G      | "Em" E4 |\

"C" ef/2g/2 - g/2>g/2e        | "G" d2 B2      |1

"A7" AB c^c    | "D7" d=c BA :|2 "A7" A/2G/2A/2d/2 - "D7" d/2B/2A | "G"  G4 ||

|: "G"  gg e<d | "Em" e4      |  "Em" ef/e/ -  e/e/d    | "G"  B4 |\

"C" ef/g/   - g/g/e           | "G" d2 B2      |1

"A7" AB c^c    | "D7" d^d ef :|2 "A7" A/2G/2A/2d/2 - "D7" d/2B/2A | "G"  G4 |]

%%vskip 15

 

 

X:3465

T:Cooley's Reel

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

U:t = !trill!       % use the file header at the URL below. There are

%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:Em

|:D |\

"Em" EBBA B2AB | "Em" B2AB        dBAG |\

"D"  FDAD BDAD | "D"  FDFA        dAFD |

"Em" EBBA B2AB | "Em" B2AB    "A" defg | "D" ((3agf) ge dBAF |1\

"Em" DE"D"FD "Em" E3 y:|2 "Em" DE"D"FD "Em"E2z2 ||

"Em" eBBB eBgB | "Em" eBBB        e2dB |\

"D"  A2FA dAFA | "D"  ADFA ((3B^cd) ef |

"Em" eBBB e2gf | "Em" edB^c   "A" d2fg | "D" ((3agf) ge dBAF |1\

"Em" DE"D"FD "Em" E4 y :|2 "Em" DE"D"FD "Em" E3  |]

 

X:4044

%%scale .7

T:The Dancing Bear

C:Bob McQuillen

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:Em

|: "Em" EFGF EFGF | "Em" EFGA G2E2 | "A"  EFGF EFGF | "A"  EFGA G2E2 |

   "Em" EFGF EFGF | "Em" EFGA B2e2 | "B7" B2Bc BAGF | "Em" G2E2 E4  :|

   "Em" e2ef gfef | "Em" g2e2 e4   | "A"  e2ef gfef | "A"  g2e2 e4   |

   "C"  e2ef gfef | "C"  g2e2 e2dc | "B7" BABc BAGF | "Em" G2E2 E4   ||

   "Em" e2ef gfef | "Em" g2e2 e4   | "C"  e2ef gfef | "C"  g2e2 e4   |

   "A"  e2ef gfef | "A"  g2e2 e2dc | "B7" BABc BAGF | "Em" G2E2 E4   |]

 

 

X:4052

T:Dave's Hornpipe

C:Bob McQuillen

N:Written by Bob for Dave Cousineau, retired bass player for the Lamprey River Band.

N:Chords by Peter Yarensky. I'm really not all that confident about chords for parts of the tune.

M:C

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:D

 FE |\

"D" DFAB      AFAd  | "A7"  cdec "D"  d2FA |\

"G" GBAG "D"  FAdf  | "E7"  edcB "A7" AGFE |

"D" DFAB      AFAd  | "A7"  cdec "D"  dFAd |\

"G" BGBd "A7" cAce  | "D"   d2 f2 d2 :|

|:fe |\

"D" d2fa "G"  gfed  | "A7"  edcB   A2de |\

"Bm" fafd "Em" Bded | "F#m" c2A2   A2FA |

"G" BABc      d2dB  | "D"   ABAG F2FE   |\

"D" DFAd "A7" efga  | "D"   f2 d2 d2   :|

 

X:4284

%%scale .70

T:Dinky Dorian's

C:Francie Dearg O Beirn (1904-1987)

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

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%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:A

   ed |\

"A" cdBc     ABcd | "A"  e=g"(D)"fd "A" edBA |\

"G" =g2(3BBB gBaB | "G"  =g2(3BBB     gfed |

"A" cdBc     ABcd | "A"  e=g"(D)"fd "A" edBA |\

"G" =g2fg    efed | "E7" cdBc     "A" A2  :|

|:eg |\

"A" a2(3AAA  aAbA | "A"  a4  a=gef |\

"G" =g2(3BBB gBaB | "G"  =g4 gfe^g |1

"A" a2(3AAA  aAbA | "A"  a4  a=gef |\

"G" =g2fg    efed | "E7" cdBc "A" A2 :|2

"A" a2(3AAA "A7" =g2(3AAA |  "D"  f2(3AAA  "A" e2ef |\

"G" =g2fg    efed | "E7" cdBc "A" A2  |]

 

X:4463

T:Dominion Reel

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

U:t = !trill!       % use the file header at the URL below. There are

%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

F:Tunes Home Page - http://fiddle.nhcountrydance.com/the-tunes.html

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K:C

 G2 |\

"C" c2c2 "G7" BcdB | "C" cega gece | "F" f2(fd) "C" e2(ec) | "D7" dcBA "G7" G2AB |

"C" c2c2 "G7" BcdB | "C" cega gece | "F" f2(fd) "C" e2(ec) | "G7" dcBd "C"  c2  :|

|:G2 |\

"C" cege cege | "Dm" defe   "G" dcBd   | "C" cege cege  | "D7" dg^fa "G" g2G2 |

"C" cege cege | "F" f2(fe) "(Dm)" dcBA | "G7" GABc defg | "G7" ecdB  "C" c2  :|

 

X:4468

T:Dorset Four Hand Reel - First Tune

M:2/4

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

U:t = !trill!       % use the file header at the URL below. There are

%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

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K:G

   "G" GB dc/B/ | "C" ce ce | "G" GB d>c | "D7" BA AB/A/ |\

   "G" GB dc/B/ | "C" ce ce | "G" GB "D7" d>c |1 "G" BG G2 :|2 "G" BG G ||

|:d |\

"C" gg g/f/e | "G" dd d/c/B | "D7" AA/B/ cd | "G" ed de/f/ |\

"C" gg g/f/e | "G" dd d/c/B | "D7" AA/B/ cA |1 "G" G2G :|2 "G" G2G2 |]

 

X:4470

T:Dorset Four Hand Reel - Second Tune

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

U:s = !slide!       % To preserve font, staff layout & other formatting,

U:t = !trill!       % use the file header at the URL below. There are

%%writefields NQSDZ % accompanying instructions for how to use it.

F:Tunes Home Page - http://fiddle.nhcountrydance.com/the-tunes.html

F:File Header & instructions - http://fiddle.nhcountrydance.com/headers.html

K:A

   "A" A2ce aecA | "D" d2f2 d2f2 | "A"  A2ce aecA | "E7" B2e2 B2e2 |\

   "A" A2ce aecA | "D" d2f2 d2f2 | "E7" e2gf edcB | "A"  A2a2 a4  :|

|: "A" e2c2 e2c2 | "D" f2d2 f2d2 | "A"  e2c2 e2c2 | "E7" B2e2 e3e  |\

   "A" e2c2 e2c2 | "D" f2d2 f2d2 | "E7" e2gf edcB | "A"  A2a2 a4  :|

 

X:4555

T:Drowsy Maggie

N:In measure A2 the A chord was written in by mistake at one point;

N:but as I listened to the tune with an A chord

N:I rather liked it so I left it in as an alternate chord.

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:Edor

D | "Em" E2BE     dEBE | "Em" E2BE "(A)""D" AFDF | "Em" E2BE       dEBE    | "Em" BABc "(A)""D" dAF :|

A | "D"  d2fd "A" c2ec | "D"  defg     afge      | "D" d2fd "A"    c2ec    | "G"  BABc "D" dAFA |

    "D"  d2fd "A" c2ec | "D"  defg     afge      | "D" af"A"ge "D" fd"A"ec | "G"  BABc "D" dAF |]

 

X:4648

T:Durang's Hornpipe

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   "D" DAFA DAFA | "G" Bcdc  BAFA |\

   "D" DAFA DAFA | "A" A,ECE   A,ECE |

   "D" DAFA DAFA | "G" Bcdc  BAFA |\

   "D" fgaf "A7" bgec |1 "D" d2f2 d4 :|2 "D" d2f2d2 ||

|:A2 |\

   "D"  defe  dcBA | "Bm" Bcdc  BAGF |\

   "Em" efgf  edcB | "A"  A^GAB A4   |

   "A"  A^GAB cBcd | "A7" edef  gfge |\

   "D"  fgaf "A7" bgec |1 "D" d2f2d2 :|2 "D" d2f2 d4 |]

 

X:5124

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T:Eddie's Reel

C:Ed Plante

N:I learned this version from Cammie Kaynor's Wellington Bilgewater recording; I don't know

N:anything more about it.

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ Canadian ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:G

   "G"  GBdB g2g2 |  "G" GBdB g2g2  | "G" GBdB gfed  |  "D7" c2c2 cdcB | "D7" AFAd fgfd |

   "D7" AFAd fgfe |1 "D7" d2d2 eged | "G" B4   BcBA :|2 "D7" d2d2 cAFD | "G" G6 ||

d2 |\

"G"  b2bb- bda2 | "G"  g4- g2((3fga) | "G"  b2b2 a2g2 | "D7" f6 d2   |\

"D7" a2aa- adg2 | "D7" f4    fgfe    | "D7" d2d2 eged | "G"  B6 d2   |

"G"  b2bb- bda2 | "G"  g6    a2      | "G"  b4   b4   | "C"  c'6 b2  |\

"D7" a2aa- aag2 | "D7" f6 e2 | "D7" .d2  zd   e2f2    | "G"  gdB2 G4 |]

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%%text A-Part (meas. 1-2) This is a much more common version:

"G" DGBd gag2 | "G" DGBd gag2 |

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T:Farewell to Whiskey

T:Ladies' Triumph

M:2/4

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:G

   (G/2E/2) |\

"G" DG     BA/2G/2 | "Am" AE                E>G | "G" DG         BA/2G/2      | "Bm" dB B>d |

"C" eg "G" dB      | "Am" c/2B/2A/2G/2 "D7" AB  | "G" DG "D7" B/2A/2G/2A/2 | "G"  BGG   :|

|:(B/2c/2) |\

"G" dB     gB | "Am" c/2B/2A/2G/2 "D7" AB/2c/2 | "G" dB         gd        | "C" eg "G" g>d |

"C" eg "G" dB | "Am" c/2B/2A/2G/2 "D7" AB      | "G" DG "D7" B/2A/2G/2A/2 | "G" BGG   :|

 

X:6288

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T:Fireman's Reel

S:As played by April Limber on the New England Tradition recording. Farewell to the Hollow,

S:Whistler's Music, CDWM 9860. Chords as played by Bob McQuillen.

N:I generally play the B7 instead of the Bm.

N:Lady Walpole's Reel has been the traditional opening dance at many New Hampshire dances

N:(especially in the Monadnock region) for many years. Many old-time fiddlers didn't play in Bb,

N:so the Fireman's Reel became the standard tune for the dance.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:A

   E2 |\

"A" AcBc       AcE2 | "A"  A2ce      f2e2 |\

"A" agae "F#m" fecA | "B7;Bm" BcBA "E7" F2EF |

"A" AcBc       AcE2 | "A"  A2ce "A7" f2e2 |\

"D" agae "E7"  fecA | "E7" B2A2 "A"  A2  :|

|:(3(efg) |\

"A" a2ab       agfe | "A"  fece      fece |\

"A" a2ab "F#m" agfe | "B7;Bm" fecA "E7" B2(3(efg) |

"A" a2ab       agfe | "A"  fece "A7" fece |\

"D" f2af "E7"  ecBA | "E7" GEFG "A"  A2  :|

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X:6289

T:Fisher Street Reel

C:Peter Yarensky

N:May be played as a polka.

N:I wrote this while I was living on Elm Street in Dover. Fisher Street was

N:just a couple blocks away.

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:G

   Bc |\

"G" d2Bd "C" g2fg | "G" e2d2 B2Bd | "D7" c2B2 A2Ac | "G"  e2d2  B2Bc |\

"G" d2Bd "C" g2fg | "G" e2d2 B2Bd | "D7"  c2B2 c2A2 | "G" G4 G2 :|

|:AB |\

"D7" c2B2 A2Ac | "G" e2d2 B2Bd | "D7" c2B2  A2Ac | "G" e2d2 B2Bc |\

"G"  d2Bd "C" g2fg | "G" e2d2 B2Bd | "D7" c2B2 c2F2 | "G" G4 g2 :|

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X:6375

T:Flowers of Edinburgh

N:The chords for the B-part come from Otto Soper (1970-1975), an old-time Maine

N:piano player and fiddler (who also played saxophone and other instruments) who

N:was very influential in the playing of the Maine Country Dance Orchestra.

N:Like many of the old time piano players, Otto only played major chords.

N:The alternate chords (upper line) represent the more commonly played chords.

M:C|

L:1/8

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:G

   GE |\

"G" D2DE     G2GA | "G" BGBd     cBAG | "D7" FGEF      DEFG | "D7" AFdF E2 ((3GFE) |

"G" D2((3DEF)G2GA | "G" BGBd "C" efge | "G"  dcBA "D7" GFGA | "G"  B2G2 G2        :|

|:((3GBd)|\

"G" g2gf     gbag | "D;B7" f2fe     fagf | "C;E" edef       gfed | "Em;E" B2e2 e2fe |

"G" dBGB     d2Bd | "C" edef     g2fe    | "G" dcBA "D7"  GFGA   | "G"  B2G2 G2    :|

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X:6468

T:Forester's Hornpipe

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Reel

G:Reels ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook, a part of the NH Country Dance website.

H:Look for more tunes (New England, Canadian, Swedish) plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   fg |\

"D" a^gaf dfbf | "D" a^gaf d2cd | "A" eAfA     eAfA | "E7" edcB "A" A2fg |

"D" a^gaf dfbf | "D" a^gaf d2cd | "G" BGFG "A" Acec | "D"  d2f2d2 :|

|:cd |\

"A" edcB AGEG | "D" FAdf a2fa | "G" gdBg "D" fdAf  | "E7" edcB "A" A2cd |

"A" edcB AGEG | "D" FAdf afba | "G"  gfed "A" cABc | "D" d2f2d2 :|

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Fiddle Tunes in abc Notation: Reels, Part 1 (A–F)

Reels are probably the most common form of tunes for New England contradance music. In New England tunes are classified by their musical style more than by the associated dance. A reel is generally a lively tune in duple meter — I won't attempt a real definition here. In other traditions a reel might refer to the dance done to a tune: e.g. the Virginia Reel, where the figure "reel the set" refers to alternating elbow turns with one's partner and with others in the line.

Some of the tunes included here could have been classified as polkas, marches or hornpipes. I include them here because they are likely to be played as if they were reels, and used as reels would be used for dancing.

 

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