The Caribou reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Caribou has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Caribou has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Caribou
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B2ED EFGA|B2ED EFGE|D2FD DADD|BDDA DDFD|
E2ED EFGA|Bdef g2fg|afge efec|1 dBAF EdcA:|2 dBAF E4||
|:Be2B efed|Bdef edBd|Ad2A d3e|fedf edBA|
Be2B efed|Bdef g2fg|afge efec|dBAF E4:|
X: 2
T: The Caribou
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
A|: BGED EFGA|B2ED (3EFE E2|DDFD DADD|BDDA D2Bc|
BGED EFGA|BGBd e2df|efed BcdB|1 AG F/E/D E2Bc:|2 AG F/E/D E4||
|:Be2d efed|Bd e/f/g fedc|Bddc dedc|BGBc dedc|
Be2d efed|Bdef g2fg|afge fdec|1 dB AG/F/ E4:|2 dB AG/F/ E2 Bc||
X: 3
T: The Caribou
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
A|: BEED EFGA|B2ED EF G/F/E|DDFD DADD|BDDA DDFD|
E2 ED EFGA|Bdef g2fg|afge fdec|1 AG F/E/D E2Bc:|2 AG F/E/D E2 cA||
|:Be2d efed|Bd e/f/g fedc|Bd2c d3e|fa f/e/d edBA|
Be2d efed|Bdef g2fg|afge f2ec|1 dB AG/F/ E2 cA:|2 dB AG/F/ E2 Bc||

Eight comments

The Caribou

This is a Canadian tune I think. It sounds nice played a slow pace or a fast pace. It can be very energetic. I think it is Edor since it has a couple of C#s in there. If this is posted elsewhere, my apologies. I tried looking for it in search and advanced search and couldn’t fine any like it. I hope you enjoy!

Andy DeJarlis

I think he wrote this…Metis fiddler from Manitoba.

Slightly Different Transcription

Nice tune and new to me. Thanks for sharing it.

I listened to "himself playing it" with the help of of the tempo slowdown effect in Audacity and hear something closer to the transcription below:

X:2
T:Caribou Reel
C:Andy De Jarlis
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Em
|e2 z e efed|Beee efed|Bddd dedc|BGBd dedc|
Be z e efed|Bdef g2fg|afge fde^c|1 dBAF E2 z2:|2 dBAF E2 Bc||
|:BGE2 EFGA|BGEG EGFE|D2 D2 DEFD|A,DDD D2Bc|
BGE2 EFGA|BGB2 e2 z e|efed B^cdB|1 AGFD E2 Bc:|2 AGFD E4||

He swings the piece a lot so don’t take all those eighth notes too seriously.

My fiddle teacher has me playing this tune in a set after Cooley’s Reel.

The version I’m playing is more like the posted sheet music than whatever Andy himself is playing on Youtube.

Going by the other recordings I’ve heard of Andy, I wouldn’t want to try to play transcriptions of his recordings, because he’s changed them and made them his own - I’m not nearly as good a player as he was, it wouldn’t be a productive exercise for me to imitate what he’s doing. He brings amazing energy to these recordings.

The Caribou, X:2

Some combination of X1, schriltz’s setting in the comment sections, a few online sources, and a few variations thrown in on top of that.

The Caribou, X:3

A setting with the A & B Parts ending in the same manner. A few other minor variations here and there as well.

There’s quite a few nice recordings of this tune. Here’s a bunch of them: Head North!’s album "Garvellach Isles", Maxim Cormier & Gervais Cormier’s album "Cape Breton Guitar", Stacey Read’s album "Not Forgotten", John Arcand’s album "Traditionally Yours", FiddleSticks’ album "Time and Again", and The Contra Rebels album "Down by the River".