The Caribou reel

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Caribou has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Caribou has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Caribou
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
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
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
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||
X: 4
T: The Caribou
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
e2-|: e2Be efed | Beee efed | BdBd ded=c | BGBd ded=c |
Beee efed | Bdef g2fg | afge fdec |1 dBAF E2e2- :|2 dBAF E2Bc ||
|: BGEE EFGA | BEED EGFE | D2F2 A2F2 | D2F2 D2Bc |
BGEE EFGA | BGBe e2Be | efed BcdB |1 AGFD E2Bc :|2 AGFD E2e2- ||

Nine 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:

T:Caribou Reel
C:Andy De Jarlis
|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|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".

The Caribou, X:4

From the playing of Head North!