Reel De Mme Renault reel

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One setting

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X: 1
T: Reel De Mme Renault
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|:G2 BG dGBG|DGBd ~g2 fg|eAcA eAcA|ABcd efge|
G2 BG dGBG|DGBd ~g2 fg|afge fdec|1 ABcd efge:|2 ABcd edBd||
|:~g2 fg dgBg|dgba gfed|eaga eaga|ecaf gfed|
~g2 fg dgBg|dgba gf ((3efg)|afge fdec|1 ABcd edBd:|2 ABcd efge||

Three comments

Reel de Mme Renault

A great quebecoise tune, composed and played by a master.
You can directly access Allard’s recording via this link: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/m2/f7/12544.mp3
I think to get the style of this music it is essential to listen to the recording, and any others by him or his modern musical descendants.
This music has a real punchy feel and rhythm to it, and - what is characteristic of the style - the fairly intricate foot tapping that goes with it. You need to see the music performed live in order to see how the foot tapping is done. A couple of years ago I attended a workshop on French-Canadian music, and even then I couldn’t really pick it up - but then I’ve never been a natural foot-tapper.
A separate point about Allard’s 1928 recording - the strong string tone from his fiddle. He would have been using gut strings at that time, except possibly the E, but even then many players preferred to use a gut E. Until you’ve tried a gut E you don’t know what you’re missing!