Reel Saint-Antoine reel

Also known as Reel St Antoine, Reel St. Antoine, Saint Antoine, Saint-Antoine.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Reel Saint-Antoine has been added to 5 tune sets.

Reel Saint-Antoine has been added to 74 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Reel Saint-Antoine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
a2aa aece|a2aa aece|agfe dcBA|GABc defg|
a2aa aece|a2aa aece|agfe dcBA|GABG A2z2:|
ABc2 cccA|cedc BAGA|Bcd2 dddB|dfed cBAE|
ABc2 cccA|cedc BAGA|Bcde fgaf|edcA BGA2:|
X: 2
T: Reel Saint-Antoine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
g|:a3 (a {b}ae)ce|a3 (a {b}ae)ce|agfe dcBA|GABG Eefg|
a3 (a {b}ae)ce|a3 (a {b}ae)ce|agfe dcBA|1 GABG Aefg:|2 GABG A3B|
|:c3(c {d}cB)ce|dcBA GABc|d3(d {e}dc)df|edcB AGAB|
c3(c {d}cB)ce|dcBA GABc|defg agfe|[M:3/2]dcBA GABG A3B:|
|:[M:C||cAA(A cA)AA|dcBA GABc|dBB(B dB)BB|edcB AGAB|
cAA(A cA)AA|dcBA GABc|defg agfe|
1[M:3/2]dcBA GABG A3B:|2 dcBA GABG A3||
X: 3
T: Reel Saint-Antoine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
a3a2e ce|a2aa2 e ce|agfe dcBA|GABc defg|
a3a2e ce|agab aece|agfe dcBA|1 GABG ABce:|2 GABG A2B2||
c3c cAce|dcBA GABc|d3d dcdf|edcB ABAB|
c3c cAce|dcBA GABc|defg afed|1 cABc ABAB:|2 cABc defg||
X: 4
T: Reel Saint-Antoine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:g3f gdBd|g3f gdBd|gfed cBAG|FGAB cdef|
g3f gdBd|gfga gdBd|gfed cBAG|1 FGAF GABd:|2 FGAF G2A2||
|:B3B BGBd|cBAG FGAB|c3c cBce|dcBA GFGA|
B3B BGBd|cBAG FGAB|cdef gedc|1 BGAB G2 GA:|2 BGAB cdef||
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Thirteen comments

Name of tune

My daughter learned this tune at George Wilson’s Cape Breton fiddle camp in Rhode Island last summer, but he didn’t know the name. She would like to be able to call it something besides the “Unknown Cape Breton Reel”! Thanks to anyone who knows the name.

Jos Bouchard tune

This is a Quebec tune known as Reel Saint-Antoine.

Alternate name

Found the name used by George Wilson at the Cape Breton Fiddle Camp: Reel St. Antoine

Third part

I just learned (from fiddler Denis Maheux and accordeonist Adelard Thomassin, of Quebec) that Reel Saint-Antoine has a third part. They don’t play it every time through the tune, though. I’ll post it as a variation, but I have to learn it first…lots of recordings to go through!

Tune Source

There is a town in New Brunswick, Canada called Saint Antoine where this tune is quite popular. It is played in ‘A’ and the notation is quite similar to that provided here. There are a number of very good Acadian fiddlers in this town with a lot of fiddling history. It is very likely that this where the tune originated. I have a contact there and will pose the question.

Second setting (X: 2) is from the playing of Olivia Korkola, transcribed from her CD “Playing in Traffic”.
There the tune is taken at a gentle 102 bpm. Live she might play it more like 116 bpm (clip of her playing with Pierre Schryer and Jake Charron on her website).
This version has the third part mentioned above, which is just a variation of the second part (note the extra beat - missing from first setting).

reel st antoine

Has this any link to st annes reel.?

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I’ve heard this tune in a movie: Ted Turner’s “Gods & Generals” starring Stephen Lang. There is an extensive role played by General Meagher’s Irish Brigade, and often when the brigade appears in a scene, this tune is played in the soundtrack. I always liked it, but knew it was no Irish tune with which I was familiar, and that it didn’t sound like an Irish tune. I has an appealing crookedness to it, though.

(note, I may be confusing Gods&Generals with Gettysburg - it is one of the two)


Reel Saint-Antoine from ‘Green Mountain’

The 32 bar version of this tune used in contra dancing, as played by Becky Tracy.

G major

A setting in G major.

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