La Grande Chaine reel

Also known as Antigonish Polka, Antigonish Polka #3, Antigonish Polka No. 3, The Big Ship, Bluebell, Glise à Sherbrooke, Glise De Sherbrooke, The Grand Chain, Le Grand Chein, Le Reel De Sherbrooke, Quadrille De Chez Nous, Reel De Tadoussac, Tadoussac, The Tadoussac.

There are 29 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Happy Birdie (a few times), Robertson’s (a few times).

La Grande Chaine has been added to 45 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: La Grande Chaine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA|:B2 Bc BAGB|d2 dc BAGB|cdcB AD FA| dedc B2 GA|
B2 Bc BAGB|d2 dc BAGB|cdcB AD FA| G2 B2 G4:|
g2 gf efge|d2 dc BAGB|cdcb AD FA| dedc B4|
[1g2 gf efge|d2 dc BAGB|cdcb AD FA| dedc B4:|
[2GA|B2 Bc BAGB|d2 dc BAGB|cdcb AD FA| G2 B2 G4||
ABC
X: 2
T: La Grande Chaine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG E2D2 | BGAB cedc | BGAG E2D2 | BGAF G4::\
g2fg edBd | gedc BGGd | ! g2fg edBd | eaag fdef |\
g2fg edBd | gedc BGG2 | EFGA BcAF | G6:|
ABC
X: 3
T: La Grande Chaine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
B/2|c2c2 d3/2c/2d3/2f/2|e2e2 c3/2A/2c3/2e/2|
|:d/2|a2a2 f2f2|e2e2 c3/2A/2c3/2e/2|
ABC
X: 4
T: La Grande Chaine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: B/ |c2 c2 d>cd>f | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | dd B>GB>d | c>dc>B A>GA>B |
c2 c2 d>cd>f | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | dd B>GB>d | c2 A2 A2- A3/ :|
|: d/ |a2 a2 f2 f2 | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | d2 d2 B>GB>d | c>dc>B A>ce>g |
a2 a2 f2 f2 | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | d2 d2 B>GB>d | cA A- A3/ :|
ABC
X: 5
T: La Grande Chaine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D2 |G2 GA BABc | d2 dc B2 G2 | c2 cB AFDA | dedc B2 D2 |
GFGA BABc | dedc B2 G2 | cdcB AGFA | G2 B2 G2 :|
|: dd |g2 gf efge | d2 dc B2 G2 | c2 cB A2 A2 | dedc B2 d2 |
g2 gf efge | dedc B2 G2 | cdcB AGFA | G2 B2 G2 :|
ABC
X: 6
T: La Grande Chaine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B3B cBce|d2dc BGBd|cBcA FDFA|Addc BAGA|
B3B cBce|d2dc BGBd|cBcA FDFA|[1GBdB GDGA:|[2GBdB G2 (3GBd||
|:gagf eege|dz dc BG Bd|cBcA FDFA|Addc BA (3GBd|
gagf ecge|dz dc BG Bd|cBcA FDFA|[1GBdB G GGG]:|[2GBdB GDGA||
ABC

Fourteen comments

Big dog

This tune is from Quebec and the title is Le Grand Chein which means the big dog.

LOL I think the original title was "La Grande Chaine".

I think Chien’s a much better name though :-)

BTW, the B’s in bars 3 and 7 of each part should be capitals - I think you might have time to edit the ABC before Jeremy converts this to sheetmusic.

Abc

thanx Dow

That’s okay, only…
Oh never mind :-)

I know… :-)

Alternative version

The version of this that I play is more like this one that I found on the leeds site. I play it with lots of D and G drones.

X:413
T:la Grande Chaine
M:4/4
O:Canada
R:Reel
Z:Richard Robinson <URL:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/contact.html>;
%%FILEURL: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/RRtunes/RRtunes.abc
%%TUNEURL: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/gettune/0000085c.html
%%ID:0000085c
K:G
BGAG E2D2 | BGAB cedc | BGAG E2D2 | BGAF G4::\
g2fg edBd | gedc BGGd | ! g2fg edBd | eaag fdef |\
g2fg edBd | gedc BGG2 | EFGA BcAF | G6:|

Sounds like the kid’s song The big ship sails on the ally ally o.

I’ve also heard something like it in a Netherlands folk dance

Antigonish Polka #3

Played as the third Antigonish Polka by Máire O’Keeffe on the CD ‘Cóisir’. http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/1607

She says that she got it from Sandy MacIntyre, a fiddler with the Cape Breton Symphony. Her version (which I’ve set in 2/4) goes something like:

X:1
T:Antigonish Polka #3
M:2/4
L:1/16
R:Polka
K:A
B/2|c2c2 d3/2c/2d3/2f/2|e2e2 c3/2A/2c3/2e/2|
d2d2 B3/2G/2B3/2d/2|c3/2d/2c3/2B/2 A3/2G/2A3/2B/2|
c2c2 d3/2c/2d3/2f/2|e2e2 c3/2A/2c3/2e/2|
d2d2 B3/2G/2B3/2d/2|c2A2 A2- A3/2:|
|:d/2|a2a2 f2f2|e2e2 c3/2A/2c3/2e/2|
d2d2 B3/2G/2B3/2d/2|c3/2d/2c3/2B/2 A3/2c/2e3/2g/2|
a2a2 f2f2|e2e2 c3/2A/2c3/2e/2|
d2d2 B3/2G/2B3/2d/2|c2A2 A2- A3/2:|

“Glise à Sherbrooke” / ” La Grande Chaine” / “The Big Ship” / “Antigonish Polka #3”

X: 3
T: Antigonish Polka #3
Z: Weejie
N: adjusted to 4/4
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: AMaj
|: B/ |\
c2 c2 d>cd>f | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | dd B>GB>d | c>dc>B A>GA>B |
c2 c2 d>cd>f | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | dd B>GB>d | c2 A2 A2- A3/ :|
|: d/ |\
a2 a2 f2 f2 | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | d2 d2 B>GB>d | c>dc>B A>ce>g |
a2 a2 f2 f2 | e2 e2 c>Ac>e | d2 d2 B>GB>d | cA A- A3/ :|

The Cape Breton Antigonish Polkas are of the 4/4 variety…

"The Antigonish Polka #1"
Submitted on July 16th 2005 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4739

"The Antigonish Polka #2"
Submitted on July 17th 2005 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4744

“Quadrille de chez nous” / “Reel de Tadoussac” / “Glise à Sherbrooke” / ” La Grande Chaine” / “The Big Ship” / “Antigonish Polka #3”

X: 4
T: Big Ship, The
S: George Hepple - fiddle & Donald Ridley - piano accordion, Northumberland
T: Quadrille de chez nous
T: Reel de Tadoussac
C: attributed to Joseph Allard - by both titles
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: GMaj
|: D |\
G2 GA BABc | d2 dc B2 G2 | c2 cB AFDA | dedc B2 D2 |
GFGA BABc | dedc B2 G2 | cdcB AGFA | G2 B2 G2 :|
|: dd |\
g2 gf efge | d2 dc B2 G2 | c2 cB A2 A2 | dedc B2 d2 |
g2 gf efge | dedc B2 G2 | cdcB AGFA | G2 B2 G2 :|

|: D2 |\ ~ correction!

Oops! :-D

As Played by Philippe Bruneau

I have added a setting of the tune as played by Philippe Bruneau on the 1974 Philo label LP titled Danses Pour Veillées Canadiennes (FI-2006). It is the fifth tune in a nine tune medley which fills the A side of the LP. It is titled Quadrille de chez nous in the medley. He actually plays it in F (on a three row accordion) but I transposed to G to be more consistent with the other settings here.

Bruneau’s description of the medley from the liner notes: "This side consists of a medley of nine Quebec reels played on the three row accordion. I chose these delightful and spirited tunes so that people can dance to the record and also to enable other musicians to learn them."