"Aly Bain: 50 Fiddle Solos"
With CD ~ accompanied by Phil Cunningham
Music Sales Ltd., Catalogue #DAM75128
Page 6 ~ & ‘SWUNG’!
It seems a shame that such a nice tune has gone so long without any ‘Comments’ whatsoever. I’ll return with another transcription…
"Louis’ Waltz" ~ Quebecois / French Canadian ~ ‘traditonnel et balancé’
K: D Major
| B A>G |
F2 D>F A*d | f2- f>d e>f | g2 b*g f>g | B2- B>d c>B |
A2 E>F G>A | c2 B2 A2 | F2- F>D F>B | A2 A>B A>G |
F2 D*F A>d | f4 e>f | g2 b>g f>g | B2- B>d c>B |
A2 E>F G>A | c2 B2 c2 | d2- d>A F*A | D2- D>A B>A ||
G2- G>A B>A | c2- c>A B>A | F2- F>D F>A | d2 c2 d2 |
e4 e>f | (3efe (3ABA (3GAG | F2- F*D F>B | A2 E2 F2 |
G2- G>F G>A | c2 B2 A2 | d2- d>D F>A | d2 c2 d2 |
E2- ED EF | G2 (3FGF E2 | D2 CD FA | d2- d ||
& for variety’s sake, another way with the B-part:
A2 A>^G A>B | c2 c>A B>A | F2 F>D F>A | d2 d>c d>^d |
e2 e>^d e>f | e2 A2 G2 | F2 F>E F>G | F2 E2 D2 |
G2 G>F G>A | c2 c>A B>A | F2 F>D F>A | d2 c2 B2 |
e*E- E>D E>F | G2 F2 E2 | D2 F2 A2 | d2- d ||
* = "SNAP!"
On Joe Ryan’s An Buachaill Dreoite as Louie’s Waltz.
Louis’s Waltz/La Valse du Beau Canton
These amazing comments from Bob Pfeffer on IrTrad:
This lovely waltz was composed by Andy DeJarlis (1914-1975) of Woodridge, Manitoba.
He named it "La Valse du Beau Canton" [The Beautiful Village Waltz], and recorded it on "Et Domino Les Femmes Ont Chaud" [London MB71] as well on "Andy Dejarlis/Square Dance With Calls" [London EBX 4127], where it’s called "The Village Waltz".
You can hear him playing that here:
My eternal gratitude to Eric Favreau, the fiddle player of the Quebecois group "Raz de Maree/Tidal Wave"
for kindly giving me the name of the tune and its composer.
I (nigelg) have been playing it as "Louis’s Waltz" for years, since I heard Aly Bain playing it on the television, and on the Boys of the Lough album.
well nigelg there is an American waltz called St. Louis’ Waltz.
Thanks for letting me know that, blueclairebear!
Nigel (the artist formerly known as nigelg).
Most of the recordings of this tune I’ve come across are known as the Louis Waltz. The Boys of the Lough were the first I heard playing this tune in the 1970s I think. It became part of my play list from then on and I recorded it myself but gave it the correct name ‘The Beautiful Village Waltz’ aka the Louis Waltz.
What was the recording, Free Reed? Is it still available?
The Boys Of The Lough, Good Friends..Good Music, Transatlantic Records TRA 354, 1977 (track B2)
They recorded it with Louie Beaudoin, a Franco-American fiddler from Burlington Vermont
Andy DeJarlis, Square Dance with Calls (Alf Johnson calling), 1969, London EBX 4127 (track A4)
Village Waltz, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cLPS4pjeqM
I’ve heard this is Irish and Quebecois… It sounds much more quebecois to me, is anyone sure of the origin?