Joe Cormier’s march

Also known as Macdonald’s March, McDonald’s March, Reel De Jos Cormier.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Joe Cormier’s has been added to 51 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Joe Cormier's
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:AB|c2 Bc Afed|cAce agef|g2 fa geef|gedB GABG|
c2 Bc Afed|cAce agef|gedB Gfed|cABc A2:|
|:z2|ABcd efec|ABcd ge (3cBA|GABc dedB|GABc dBAG|
ABcd eaaf|geaf geef|gedB Gfed|cABc A2:|
|:z2|A2 aA AgAA|fAAeedef|~g2 fa geef|gedB GABG|
A2 aA AgAA|fAAeedef|gedB Gfed|cABc A2:|
X: 2
T: Joe Cormier's
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
Acea ge a2|efgb a2 ef|g2 fagd ef|gedB GABd|
Acea ge a2|efgb a2 ef|gedB GABd|

Ten comments


A Québecois (or Cape Breton?) 3 parts reel named after a fiddler. Goes well after Andy Renwick’s Ferret, and before Big Mon. I think it’s on a Bottine Souriante CD.

Macdonald’s march

Sometimes has a fourth part to it. Pipe tune from Cape Breton usually played by fiddlers in the key of A . Quite popular in Quebec. Maybe La Bottine got it from the playing of Joe Cormier, thus your name for it.

McDonald’s March


Interesting, would you have the 4th part?

McDonald’s March

Had it in Laurie Indenbaum’s book “Les Oiseaux dans la Cage”, but loaned it to someone. I think you’ll find the fourth part through JC’s Tunefinder version number 129. Good tune!


There’s an excellent version on Nightingale’s “Sometimes When the Moon is High,” which is 4-part, and a slightly different setting of the other parts. Sometime I’ll learn to write abc and post it.

Joe Cormier’s Reel - part 4

Does anyone have the mysterious 4th part?

Here’s the Fourth Part

Here’s the fourth part, at least as I learned it from the folks in my session:

Acea ge a2 | efgb a2 ef | g2 fagd ef | gedB GABd | Acea ge a2 | efgb a2 ef | gedB GABd |
cAB c A2:|

This is one of the very few non-Irish tunes that gets played regularly in our session, and it’s a dandy.


Does anyone have the transcription of the original Mac Donald’s March ? I’ve found some versions, but they aren’t at all close to this reel.


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This is so much like Dinky’s. Does anyone which came first ?

Re: Joe Cormier’s

MacDonald’s March was played by Joe Cormier (originally from Chéticamp, Cape Breton) on his 1977 album The Dances Down Home (Rounder 7004). A transcription in available on Paul Cranford’s site:
The tune was published in Kerr’s Merry Melodies, Bk.3 in the late 1800s.
The tune was picked, altered and called Reel de Jos Cormier by Quebec band Bottine Souriante on their 1987 Tout Comme Au Jour De L’An (Mille-Pattes ‎– MMPCD-2035) album. Their version can be heard at