I got this tune by ear off a sharon shannon cd. This is the second tune on the track and I don’t know the real name for it.
Needs another title…
This is _not_ the French-Canadian tune widely known as Woodchopper’s Reel (or Hornpipe) here in the northeastern US and in Canada.
I’m sure this has been recorded by both "La Bottine Souriante", and "Shooglenifty" (who probably got it from LBS ). Someone must have one of these recordings and could look it up.
It could be "Reel des Voyageurs" - the Traveller’s reel, if my Higher French is still any good after all these years.
Reel Des Voyageurs
This is a French Canadian tune I picked up from Shooglenifty’s ‘Venus in Tweeds’ https://thesession.org/recordings/136 . I’ve been playing it recently, but it’s some 20 years since I last heard the source recording, so I might have changed a few notes here and there. But I am quite sure that the structure - complete with ‘crooked’ B-part - is as it appears on the album.
My main reason for submiting this tune is that, on reading the comments to the common Irish reel, The Traveller https://thesession.org/tunes/5614 , I see that the said Shooglenifty recording is incorrectly referenced there. That one is *not* the tune on the album; this one is.
It seems that the title ‘Reel des Voyageurs’ (… du Voyageur etc.) is used in the French Canadian tradition to refer several different tunes, including The Traveller and The Arkansaw Traveller. In fact, as someone points out in the comments to The Traveller, Shooglenifty refer to this tune, ungrammatically, as ‘*Les* Reel Des Voyageurs’
Here’s another (probably more authentic) version:
^^(Starting at 2.23)
Reel Des Voyageurs, X:2
Setting #2 is from the La Bottine Souriante recording above.
Having just listened to a live performance by Shooglenifty (starting 2.06)
they play it pretty much the same way as La Bottine Souriante. So setting#1 is just a product of my amnesia. I could correct it, but then the comments wouldn’t make sense 🙂
Reel des Voyageurs
Hi, there two mainly known reel of voyageur here in québec.
One is in the key of A like la Bottine souriante and came from the repertoire of a fiddler André Alain.
The second one is on the key of C and was played by Jean Carignan
Reel Des Voyageurs, X:4
Transcription from Liette Remon et Guy Bouchard’s book"Airs Tordus - Crooked Tunes"
As played by Andre Alain (often played in open A tuning A-E-A-E)