Not a waltz, but a Brandy
Other Brandies already here:
La Grande Gigue Simple
The first is notated in 3/2. The second in 6/4. This one is in 3/4, and not just for variety’s sake! It seems that 3/4 is the standard way Canucks notate these things. I got the transcription from:
From that site:
"This is one of the tunes that I showed this summer at Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra fiddle camp. It’s a composition by accordion player Philippe Bruneau for one of the best step dancer that he played with when he was living in Quebec. It is a "brandy"; a tune in 3/4 time. As with most of the step dancing repertoire, the melody is very repetitive and you have to rely on groove more than on melody to play the different parts the correct length. I know that most of my advanced students this summer had problems with that.
Personally, I love those tunes because I have the chance to play with step dancers pretty often and that the apparent lack of melody opens the door for you to try all kinds of weird and crazy bow strokes. It is an incredible tune to develop your sense of groove!"
Canadian Encyclopedia’s entry on Philipe Bruneau:
Pascal Gemme plays for stepdancers
Yes, Pascal sure does get to play for and with stepdancers…He and Marie-Soleil Pilette (stepdancer, caller) live and have a lovely child together…
Re: Hommage A Guy Thomas
Three words - Celtic Fiddle Festival. There’s a rollicking version of this by Andre, Kevin and Christian on one of their CDs. Slight variations but very similar to this setting.