My daughter learned this tune at George Wilson’s Cape Breton fiddle camp in Rhode Island last summer, but he didn’t know the name. She would like to be able to call it something besides the "Unknown Cape Breton Reel"! Thanks to anyone who knows the name.
Name of tune
Jos Bouchard tune
This is a Quebec tune known as Reel Saint-Antoine.
Found the name used by George Wilson at the Cape Breton Fiddle Camp: Reel St. Antoine
I just learned (from fiddler Denis Maheux and accordeonist Adelard Thomassin, of Quebec) that Reel Saint-Antoine has a third part. They don’t play it every time through the tune, though. I’ll post it as a variation, but I have to learn it first…lots of recordings to go through!
There is a town in New Brunswick, Canada called Saint Antoine where this tune is quite popular. It is played in ‘A’ and the notation is quite similar to that provided here. There are a number of very good Acadian fiddlers in this town with a lot of fiddling history. It is very likely that this where the tune originated. I have a contact there and will pose the question.
Second setting (X: 2) is from the playing of Olivia Korkola, transcribed from her CD "Playing in Traffic".
There the tune is taken at a gentle 102 bpm. Live she might play it more like 116 bpm (clip of her playing with Pierre Schryer and Jake Charron on her website).
This version has the third part mentioned above, which is just a variation of the second part (note the extra beat - missing from first setting).