Archie Menzie’s reel

Also known as Archie Menzie, Archie Menzies, Archie Menzies’, Arichie Menzies, The Belles Of St. Louis, The Bells Of St. Louis, Rêve Du Queteux Tremblay.

There are 28 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Fisher’s (lots of times), Minnie Foster’s (a few times), The Spey In Spate (a few times), The Cliffs (a few times) and Perth Assembly (a few times).

Archie Menzie’s has been added to 1 tune set.

Archie Menzie's has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Archie Menzie's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:FE|~F CF AFEF|Acde fcA^F|G2DG BGDG|(3Bcd ef gdBG|!
~F CF AFCF|Acde fcAF|BdGB AcFA|GECE F2:|
|:fe|ffcf afef|cfag fed^f|g2 dg bg^fg|dgba gfed|!
f2 cf afef|cfag fedc|BdGB AcFA|GECE F2:|
X: 2
T: Archie Menzie's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
FE | ~F2 CF AFEF | Acde fcA^F | G2 DG BGDG | (3Bcd ef gdBG |
~F2 CF AFCF | Acde fcAF | BdGB AcFA | GECE F2 :|
fe | ffcf afef | cfag fed^f | g2 dg bg^fg | dgba gfed |
f2 cf afef | cfag fedc | BdGB AcFA |GECE F2 :|
X: 3
T: Archie Menzie's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
FE|F2CF AFCF|Acde fcAF|G2DG BGDG|Bdef gecA|
F2CF AFCF|Acde fcAc|B/c/dGB A/B/cFA|GECE F2:|
fe|f2cf afef|cfag fed^f|g2dg bg^fg|dgba gfeg|
f2cf afef|cfag fedc|B/c/dGB A/B/cFA|GECE F2:|
X: 4
T: Archie Menzie's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GF | G2 DG BGFG | Bdef gdB^G | A2 EA cAEA | (3Bcd ef gedB |
G2 DG BGDG | Bdef gdBG | ceAc BdGB | AFDF G2 :|
GF | GGDG BGFG | DGBA GFE^G | A2 EA cA^GA | EAcB AGFE |
G2 DG BGFG | DGBA GFED | ceAc BdGB |AFDF G2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Archie Menzie's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
F2 CF AFCF | Acde fcAF | G2 DG =BGDG | _Bcde fcAG |
F2 CF AFCF | Acde fcAc | BdGB AcFA | GECE F2 FD |
F2 FG AFCF | Acde fcAF | G2 DG =BGDG | _Bcde fcAG |
F2 CF AFCF | Acde fcAc | BdGB AcFA | GECE F2 FA ||
|: f2 fg afef | cfag fed=B | g2 dg =bgdg | dg=ba gfeg |
f2 cf afef | cfag fcAc | BdGB AcFA | [1 GECE F2 FA :| [2 GECE F2 FD ||

Eleven comments

Archie Menzies

X: 1
T: Archie Menzies
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Fmaj
FE | ~F2 CF AFEF | Acde fcA^F | G2 DG BGDG | (3Bcd ef gdBG |
~F2 CF AFCF | Acde fcAF | BdGB AcFA | GECE F2 :|
fe | ffcf afef | cfag fed^f | g2 dg bg^fg | dgba gfed |
f2 cf afef | cfag fedc | BdGB AcFA |GECE F2 :|

A very slightly different take (cobbled together from several different players):

X: 1
T: Archie Menzies
C: John Lowe
M: C|
L: 1/8
Q: 1/2=112
K: F
FE|F2CF AFCF|Acde fcAF|G2DG BGDG|Bdef gecA|
F2CF AFCF|Acde fcAc|B/c/dGB A/B/cFA|GECE F2:|
fe|f2cf afef|cfag fed^f|g2dg bgfg|dgba gfeg|
f2cf afef|cfag fedc|B/c/dGB A/B/cFA|GECE F2:|

Note in particular the end of the fourth bar.
I’ve also heard the fourth bar played |gfed cBAG| on the repeat.

Oops! Forgot to sharpen the F# in the third bar of the B part:

fe|f2cf afef|cfag fed^f|g2dg bg^fg|dgba gfeg|.

Popularised in Cape Breton by Winston Fitzgerald, I would presume. It’s been recorded there well over a dozen times.

On the Natalie MacMaster clip, she follows Archie Menzies with Reichswall Forest. Elmer Briand did the same and in Sandy MacIntyre’s book Reichswall Forest is immediately after Archie Menzies.
However, a more common F tune to follow is Fisher’s.

X:6 — “Archie Menzie’s Reel,” as played by Mike MacDougall

As played by the late Mike MacDougall on his "Tape for Father Hector." It’s the last tune in an Fmaj set of two clogs and a reel – beginning with Minnie Foster’s Clog ( https://thesession.org/tunes/8116 ) and going into Fred Wilson’s Clog ( https://thesession.org/tunes/412 ) before picking up the tempo and closing with this tune.

As in his renditions of the preceding clogs, MacDougall has packed plenty of modal jocularity into this reel setting. Pay close attention in the recording to the difference between the third and fourth bars of the A part as he chooses to highlight Gmaj triadically with B-naturals in the third bar before briefly adopting a Lydian modality in the first few notes of the fourth bar.

There are quite a number of recordings of this tune by Cape Breton artists, some of whom like to follow it with Fisher’s hornpipe ( https://thesession.org/tunes/872 ). Some of these artists are:
— Joe Cormier, on "The Dances Down Home" ( https://thesession.org/recordings/1605 )
— Winston Fitzgerald, on "Canada’s Outstanding Scottish Fiddler" ( https://thesession.org/recordings/4217 ) and "Classic Cuts" ( https://thesession.org/recordings/1597 )
— Howie MacDonald, on "Live at West Mabou Hall" ( https://thesession.org/recordings/2301 )
— Troy MacGillivray, on "When Here Meets There" ( https://thesession.org/recordings/3172 )
— Natalie MacMaster, on "Fit As A Fiddle" ( https://thesession.org/recordings/427 )
— Brenda Stubbert, on "In Jig Time!" ( https://thesession.org/recordings/1804 )

From the Traditional Tune Archive:
http://www.tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:Archie_Menzies

From Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index:
http://www.cbfiddle.com/rx/tune/t1597.html

Re: Archie Menzie’s

Composed by Joseph Law.

Re: Archie Menzie’s

Connor, I think you mean Joseph Lowe.

Re: Archie Menzie’s

Donald, I think you mean John Lowe.

Re: Archie Menzie’s

Aye, Nigel. I should have looked at my comment from a few years back.