Red River Jig three-two

Also known as La Grande Gigue Simple.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

Red River Jig has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Red River Jig
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dfed ceAc eAce|dfed cAdA BAFA|
dfed ceAc eAce|defg afdB A2FA|
dfed ceAc eAce|dfed cAdA BAFA|
dfed ceAc eAce|df~f2 gece dfec|
defg afdf gece|defg afdB A2FE|
|:~D3E FDED EGFE|~D3E FDFB A2FE|
~D3E FDED EGFE|1 ~D3E FDFB A2FE:|2 ~D3E FDFB A2FA||
X: 2
T: Red River Jig
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dfed ceAc eAce|dfed cAdB BAFA|dfed ceAc eAce|1defg afdB A2FA:|
[2dfff gfdf e2 ce|defg afdf gece|defg afdB AGED||
|:A,2 DE FDED EGFD|A,2 DE FDDB AGFD:|
|:A,2 DE FDED EGFD|1A,2 DE FDDB AGFD:|2A,2 DE FDDB AGFA:|]
X: 3
T: Red River Jig
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
fagf egce gceg|fagf ecfc dcAc|fagf egce gceg|fgab c'afd c2Ac|fagf egce gceg|
fagf ecfc dcAc|fagf egce gceg|fa~a2 bgeg fage|fgab c'afa bgeg|fgab c'afd c2AG||
|:~F3G AFGF GBAG|~F3G AFAd c2AG|~F3G AFGF GBAG|1 ~F3G AFAd c2AG:|2 ~F3G AFAd c2Ac:|

Twelve comments

La Grande Gigue Simple

I picked this up in a session a few years ago, albeit in the much more difficult key of F major. I think D is probably the standard key. I found another transcription on the net, and it’s fairly close to mine. I got the tune from the fiddle playing of session.org member Greenwiggle, and maybe he got it from La Bottine Souriante.

X: 1
T: La Grand Gigue Simple
C: Quebecois reel
S: Tune of the Month, Dec. 2001, Sivler Apple News 8
B: Dance Ce Soir, The fiddle and Accordion Music of Quebec
H: transcription based on a recording of The Bottine Souriante
Z: Paul Stewart Cranford (P.S.C.), <http://www.cranfordpub.com>
Q: 333
L: 1/8
M: 6/4
F: http://cranfordpub.com/tunes/abcs/silver_apple.abc 2007-05-13 02:26:13 UT
K: D
dfed ceAc eAce|dfed cAdB BAFA|dfed ceAc eAce|1defg afdB A2FA:|
[2dfff gfdf e2 ce|defg afdf gece|defg afdB AGED||
|:A,2 DE FDED EGFD|A,2 DE FDDB AGFD:|
|:A,2 DE FDED EGFD|1A,2 DE FDDB AGFD:|2A,2 DE FDDB AGFA:|]

This tune is what I would call a "slip reel". It’s not a 3/2 hornpipe - those are quicker and more march-like. This one’s played more like a reel with bars that are too big. Another example of a tune like this is The Twisted Bridge https://thesession.org/tunes/5151.

For an essay on the history of a tune, and a comparison between it and its descendant "Red River Jig" go here: http://cjtm.icaap.org/content/8/v8art8.html.

For some old recordings of the tune, go here: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/4/4/m2-9002g-e.html.

So here’s the F major setting I picked up:

X: 1
T: La Grande Gigue Simple
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: slip reel
K: Fmaj
fagf egce gceg|fagf ecfc dcAc|fagf egce gceg|fgab c’afd c2Ac|fagf egce gceg|
fagf ecfc dcAc|fagf egce gceg|fa~a2 bgeg fage|fgab c’afa bgeg|fgab c’afd c2AG||
|:~F3G AFGF GBAG|~F3G AFAd c2AG|~F3G AFGF GBAG|1 ~F3G AFAd c2AG:|2 ~F3G AFAd c2Ac:|

upsss! was already there! sorry!

I’ve at least been asked few times. I believe it was danced as part of a brandy.

Do you get a new partner when it’s danced as part of a whiskey?

Stepdancing tune

Thanks for this version of what I think is the most popular stepdancing tune in Quebec. I know a little different version - more notes, the one in Guy Bouchard’s crooked tunebook which indicates more of the steps that, say, Pierre Chartrand or Benoit Bourque would utilize. But this tune has been recorded by so many many musicians, and each has their own take on it. Especially on how to end it - like one of those Irish circulars that you just have to end by figuring out how to stop somehow!

La grande gigue simple

This is also known as Red River Jig all over Canada. Métis have a dance pattern going with it.

and yes it is a brandy…

Re: Red River Jig

This jig was recorded and played by Andy Dejarlis, Alex Carrierre, Reg Bouvette. They can all be heard being played by these artists on Utube.