Reel De Gaspé reel

Also known as Apex, The Apex, Gaspe, Gaspé.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Reel De Gaspé has been added to 3 tune sets.

Reel De Gaspé has been added to 76 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D"f2 ef e2 dB |AF A2 B2 A2 |"A7"g2 fg fecA |1BABc ~B2 A2 :|2"A7"B2 c2 "D"d4||
|:"A7"e2 f2 g2 fe |"D"f2 g2 a4 |"A7"e2 f2 gecA |1 "(G)"BABc "A7"~B2 A2 :|2"A7"B2 c2 "D"d4 :|
X: 2
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 AB AG FE|D2 D2 E2 D2|c2 Bc BA GF|E2 F2 E2 D2|
B2 AB AG FE|D2 D2 E2 D2|c2 Bc BA GF |E2 F2 G4:|
|:A3 B c2 A2|B3 c d2 B2|A3 B cB AG|E2 F2 E2 D2|
A3 B c2 A2|B3 c d2 B2|A3 B cB AG|E2 F2 G4 :|
X: 3
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f2 ef e2d2|dBBd (3BcB A2|
ecef gfed|cABc d2f2:||
e2 cA e2 cA|BA^GB A4:||
X: 4
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2ef e2d2|FA FA B2A2|g2fg f2e2|BA Bc B2A2|
f2ef e2d2|FA FA B2A2|g2fg f2e2|B2c2d4:|
e2f2g3e|f2g2a4|e2f2g2e2|BA Bc B2A2|e2f2g3e|
f2g2a4|e2f2gfe2|B2c2d4:|
f3f2e2d2 | F2A2B2A2 | g2fgf2e2 | BABc (3BcB A2 | f3fe2d2 | F2A2B2A2 | g2fgf2e2 | B2c2d 4:||
c2d2e4 |d2e2f4| c2d2e4 | BABc (3BcB A2 | c2d2e4 | d2e2f4 | g3fe2d2 | B2c2d4 :||
FE|DFAF DFA,D|FDAF GEEG|FAdA FAdf|edcB AGFE|!
DFAF DFA,D|FDAF GEEG|FAdA FAdf|ecAc d2:|!
|:cd|ecAc EAce|fdAd FAdf|gfeg fedf|edcB ABcd|!
ecAc EAce|fdAd FAdf|gfeg fedf|ecAc d2:|!
X: 5
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Ad|:f2ef e2d2|FAFA B2A2|g2fg f2e2|BABc B2A2|
f2ef e2d2|FAFA B2A2|g2 fg f2 e2|B2 c2 d4 :|
|: e2f2g3e|f2g2a4|e2f2g2e2|BABc B2A2|
e2f2g3e|f2g2a4|e2f2gfe2|B2c2d4 :|
|: e2cA e2cA |BA Bcdf g2|e2cA e2cA |BA^GB A2cd |
e2cA e2cA |BA Bcdf g2|e2cA e2cA |BA^GB A4 :|
X: 6
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|: "D"f2ef e2dB |AFA2 B2A2|"G"g2fg "Em"f2e2| "A7"BABc B2A2|
"D"f2ef e2dB|AFA2 B2A2|"G"g2fg "Em"f2e2|"A7"B2c2 "D"d4 :|
|:"A7"e2f2 g4 |"D"f2g2 a4|"Em"e2f2 g2e2|"A7"BABc B2A2|
"A7"c2d2 e4|"D"d2e2 f4|"G"g3f "Em"e2d2|"A7"B2c2 "D"d4 :|
X: 7
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|:"D"f2ef e2d2|FAFA B2A2|"G"g2fg "Em"f2ed|"A7"BABc B2A2|
"D"f2ef e2d2|FAFA B2A2|"G"g2fg "Em"f2ed|1 "A7"B2 c2 "D"d3e :|2 "A7"B2 c2 "D"d3d||
|: "A7"e2f2 g2fe|"D"f2g2a4|"A7"e2f2 gfed|"G"BABc "D"B2A2|
"A"e2f2 g2fe|"D"f2g2a4|"A7"b2a2 gfed|1 B2c2"D"d3d :|2 B2c2 "D"d3e||
X: 8
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Ad|:"D"f2ef e2d2|FAFA B2A2|"G"g2fg f2e2|"A7"BABc B2A2|
"D"f2ef e2d2|FAFA B2A2|"G"g2fg f2ed|1 "A7"B2 c2 "D"d4 :|2 "A7"B2 c2 "D"d3f||
|: "A7"e2f2 gfe2|"D"f2g2a4|"A7"e2f2 gfe2|BABc B2A2|
"A"e2f2 gfe2|"D"f2g2a4|"Em"e2f2 "G"gfed|1 "A7"B2c2"D"d3f :|2 "A7"B2c2 "D"d4||
X: 9
T: Reel De Gaspé
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Ad|:"D"f2ef e2d2|DFAd B2A2|"G"gefg f2e2|BABc "A7"B2A2|
"D"f2ef e2d2|DFAd B2A2|"G"gefg f2ed|1 "A7"B2c2 "D"d4 :|2 "A7"B2c2 "D"d3f||
|: "A7"edef g2fe|"D"fefga3f|"Em"e2f2 gfe2|"G"BABc "A7"B2A2|
"A7"e3 f gfge|"D"f2g2a3f|"Em"e2f2 gfed|1 "A7"B2c2"D"d3f :|2 "A7"B2c2 "D"d4||

Thirteen comments

Reel De Gaspé

The Fiddler’s Fakebook has a nice C part to this tune.

The Gaspe Reel (There should be a French acute accent over “e” in Gaspe)

I assume this tune is French Canadian - as stated above, the name is spelt with a French accent. I heard it years ago on a record called "How To Make A Bakewell Tart " by melodeon player Tufty Swift, sadly no longer with us, who made that record a showcase for the one-row melodeon, which he played throughout. He played the "Gaspe" in at least two keys on it, and indeed it’s a tune that could easily be played in D, then G, then A - if so desired - on usual session instruments.

Gaspe Reel - it’s a proper reel, played at reel speed

Tufty Swift played it quite a lot faster than the midi. It’s a proper reel, maybe the speed of "Soldier’s Joy" or "The Flowers Of Edinburgh".

I’ve always heard it played in D,with a third part

K:Dmaj
L:1/8
M:4/4
|:f2 ef e2d2|dBBd (3BcB A2|
g2 (3fgf e2d2|cABc B2A2|
f2 ef e2d2|dBBd (3BcB A2|
g2 (3fgf e2d2|1cABc d2e2:|
2cABc d2f2||
:e2f2g2 fe|fefg a2f2|
e2 ef gfed|cABc (3BcB A2|
ecef g2 fg|fefg a2 gf|
ecef gfed|cABc d2f2:||
:e2 cA e2 cA|Bcdf e2 cA|
e2 cA e2 cA|e2 cA Bcdf|
e2 cA e2 cA|BA^GB A4:||

Tufty Swift,great melodeon player and stalwart of The Umps And Dumps band,sadly missed.

Reel de gaspe

You are right tombliss, there are at least 2 tunes with this name. Here is what the fiddler companion has to say about it:

GASPÉ REEL [1] (Reel de Gaspé). AKA and see "Apex Reel." French-Canadian, Reel; New England, Polka. D Major (‘A’ and ‘B’ parts) & A Major (‘C’ part). Standard tuning. AB (Silberberg): AABB (Miller & Perron, Sweet, Welling): AA’BB’ (Phillips): AABBCCBB (Brody): AA’BB’CA"A"’B"B"’ (Begin). Named for Québec’s picturesque Gaspé Peninsula, which forms the east bank of the St. Lawrence River as it spills into the Atlantic. The ‘C’ part is actually a strain of "Money Musk." Louis Beaudoin (Burlington, Vt.) learned the first two parts of the tune from a friend named Joe Danis, but heard the three-part version from Fortuna Vachon (Thetford Mines, Québec), and added the third (“Money Musk”) part. Sources for notated versions: fiddler Pete Sutherland (Vt.) [Phillips]; Isidore Soucy via French-Canadian button accordion player Philippe Bruneau (Québec) [Begin]; accordion player Laurie Andres [Silberberg]. Bégin (Philippe Bruneau), 1993; No. 58, pg. 86. Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; pg. 116. Laufman (OK Ladies and Gentlemen, Lets Try a Contra), 1973; pg. 9 (appears as "Apex Reel" {Apex is the name of a Canadian recording company, printed on the label of an otherwise unidentified version of the tune}). Miller & Perron (101 Polkas), 1978; No. 57. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddler’s Repertoire), 1983; No. 155. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; pg. 94. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; pg. 50. Sweet (Fifer’s Delight), 1964/1981; pg. 61. Welling (Hartford Tunebook), 1976; pg. 16. Beet 7003, "Wretched Refuse." Front Hall 01, Fennigs All Stars‑ "The Hammered Dulcimer." Kicking Mule 209, Henry Sapoznik‑ "Melodic Clawhammer Banjo." Philo 2000, "Louis Beaudoin" (1973. First two parts learned from fiddler Joe Danis).
X:1
T:Gaspé Reel [1]
M:C|
L:1/8
K:D
f2ef e2d2|FA FA B2A2|g2fg f2e2|BA Bc B2A2|
f2ef e2d2|FA FA B2A2|g2fg f2e2|B2c2d4:|
e2f2g3e|f2g2a4|e2f2g2e2|BA Bc B2A2|e2f2g3e|
f2g2a4|e2f2gfe2|B2c2d4:|

X:2
T:Gaspé Reel [1]
M:4/4
K:D
f3f2e2d2 | F2A2B2A2 | g2fgf2e2 | BABc (3BcB A2 | f3fe2d2 | F2A2B2A2 | g2fgf2e2 | B2c2d 4:||
c2d2e4 |d2e2f4| c2d2e4 | BABc (3BcB A2 | c2d2e4 | d2e2f4 | g3fe2d2 | B2c2d4 :||



GASPÉ REEL [2] (Reel de Gaspe). French-Canadian, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning. AA’BB’. No relation to "Gaspé Reel [1]." Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; pg. 15. Bluebird B-4935-a (78 RPM), Joseph Allard.

X:1
T:Reel de Gaspe [2]
C:Joseph Allard
M:2/4
L:1/16
Z:Transcribed by Bruce Osborne
K:D
FE|DFAF DFA,D|FDAF GEEG|FAdA FAdf|edcB AGFE|!
DFAF DFA,D|FDAF GEEG|FAdA FAdf|ecAc d2:|!
|:cd|ecAc EAce|fdAd FAdf|gfeg fedf|edcB ABcd|!
ecAc EAce|fdAd FAdf|gfeg fedf|ecAc d2:|!

It seems it’s also called The West Point Reel from PEI.

Tom