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I have been searching the internet for the past hour for information about this waltz, and all I can find is that it is Canadian.

Anyone familiar with it, or know any information about it?

Jim

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@MoonShadows 

I just looked for info. What I found was that it is associated with Bill Guest who was from Nova Scotia. I do not think he wrote it though.

I Googled Bill Guest. He has a fiddle e-book available from Mel Bay. The song is in the book, but he is not listed as the composer. He is for some, other songs have no composer listed, this is one of them.

Here is a link to the Bill Guest e-book, if you are interested.

A Hundred Favorite Fiddle Tunes: Solos and Duets (eBook) by Bill Guest. 
 

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Hi @cid

I did find that info about Bill Guest before, but it led to a dead end.

Thanks!

Jim

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It is probably one of the old fiddle tunes that have been handed down for decades and decades and the origin was left behind. Truly folk tunes.

It is nice the tunes survive, but a shame the stories behind them are lost.

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Yup, so many great tunes with so little info...too bad.

Jim

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Mandolin cafe.. There is a link to a PDF that contains the sheet music.  Its the 2nd tune in the list.

https://www.mandolincafe.com/f.....n-I-think)

Also a discussion about it but nothing more than whats already mentioned here.

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Yep, Mandolin Cafe. I was there and didn’t notice the PDF link. Maybe someone else here will be familiar with the history of it, Moonshadows.

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Looks like also know by fishermans or little fishermans waltz..possibly Swedish maybe Fin origin.  Might give you some more to go on.

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I saw the sheet music on Mandolin Café earlier today, but fisherman's or little fisherman's waltz is new info. I'll look further into that. Thanks, Greg.

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If you look up Fisherman or Little Fisherman('s) Waltz on YouTube, they are not the same tunes. I did find one reference where it was called "Jessics's (Fisherman) Waltz", but couldn't find anything else about it.

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I did find this in the Canadian Encyclopedia: "Some tunes played in Canada have also been traced to probable German origin, eg, the "Seven-Step" (or "German Schottische") popular on the prairies and the "Jessica Waltz" in the Ottawa Valley."

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