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The French Canadian Thread started to get a Critter infestation, so transplanting them here. 🤫 

 

Wanted to share a wonderful, very Irish sounding Québécois Reel - sounds like it was 1st recorded by Lisa Ornstein, then picked up by La Bottine Souriante.  Great origin info and mentioned as a popular Contra Dance tune at thesession.org 

"Sheepskin and Beeswax" (Le Reel Irlandais) - Tutorial by Duncan Cameron.  Slow, close up starts at 1:15 minutes. 

 

 

Sheepskins and Beeswax Reel - Sheet Music

 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/75/68/a8/7568a85464c2879296378fea9eb71fc3.png

 

...Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres do a wonderful version! 

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I'm a little slow, but just realized why I like the Andy de Jarlis, "Louis Riel Reel"

It reminds me of his 'CRITTER' tunes! 

This Andy de Jarlis CRITTER tune is my personal favorite. 🥰

Caribou Reel

Ooops, there's more - another Andy de Jarlis CRITTER tune!  Rolling sheet music (fiddle castro).  

Bull Moose Reel

Sorry, but sounds like Patti Kusturok is chasing after this Andy de Jarlis CRITTER! 

Rooster On The Fence Reel

Watch out for The Jumping Rabbit! 

Saut Du Lapin - Fiddle Tutorial

Enough Andy de Jarlis CRITTER tunes for me, but I'm sure there's more. (lol)  

Btw, not sure if Andy de Jarlis used any cross tuning. 

Newfoundland? 

A CRITTER ? tune by Reg Watkins (oldirishladdie) - this is actually a very funny Logger/Lumberjack tune. (lol)

The Badger Moose

 

I have to be in the right mood for these tunes. 🥳

🤔... what are CRITTER tunes good for? 

- Emily

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ABitRusty said
@elcbk heres a critter one

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@ABitRusty -

Going to start calling you "The Possum Hunter"! 

Looks like you bagged a good one. 😉 

 

...knew there had to be more French Canadian CRITTER tunes! 

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MORE CANADIAN CRITTER TUNES! 

"Duck Dance" - played by well known Metis Fiddler, Stanley Beaulieu, from the Northwest Territories. 

"Cat Scratch Reel" & "Buckskin Reel" - 2 more Metis tunes played by Jason Lepine, from Winnipeg.

 

https://clipground.com/images/duck-race-clipart-12.jpg

 

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ABitRusty said

"...what are CRITTER tunes good for?"

PLAYING!!!  .     😁

 

so start another party with one!   chop chop!!

 

🦫🐔🐇🦆🦡

 

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@ABitRusty -

I'm surprised YOU haven't started a "Duck" or "Flying Critter" Party, by now. (lol) 

...I have a few Critter tunes I still need to record - was just going to revive the old Critter Party.

 

Don't know how I missed this cheerful tune, "The Polar Bear Jig" by Reg Bouvette, from Manitoba.  Tutorial by Patti Kusturok, Down East Style, it's played in both G & D Keys.

The Polar Bear Jig - Canadian Fiddle Lesson by Patti Kusturok

The Polar Bear Jig is a great square dancing tune written by Reg Bouvette. Reg wrote this after visiting Yellowknife, NWT. He once told Patti Kusturok that the tune just reminded him of some polar bears he had seen during his visit to Yellowknife. 

https://www.clker.com/cliparts/U/I/3/v/a/u/polar-bear-walking-hi.png

...thinking we really need a "Canadian Fiddle" heading!

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Still focused on Canadian Critter tunes and Reg Bouvette, found 2 unusual tunes that must be more of a set/medley(?)

"The Party Butterfly" and "Butterfly Special" - the latter may be a portion of the first, but 'flutter' back & forth between 3/4 & 4/4 time... and with variations! 

I believe these are still considered Down East Style. 

 

Patti Kusturok & Reg Bouvette.

 

About Reg & Beryl Bouvette - Metis Museum

Abstract Wave with Butterfly Background (21880) Free EPS ...Image Enlarger

Talk about a wave... I'm almost seasick. (lol)

These definitely keep you on your toes! 

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ABitRusty said

@elcbk said "..I'm surprised YOU haven't started a "Duck" or "Flying Critter" Party, by now. (lol) "

ok.. a duck party!   BUT. you have to join too!!  🙂  🦆  or maybe. 🦉!!

 

  

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@ABitRusty -

Something Fowl is going on here. (lol)

Thanks for adding the Grey Owl - another Metis tune! 

Could swear I posted it somewhere... but nope.

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ABitRusty said

@ELCBK said

 

Something Fowl is going on here. (lol)

Not to be Turkey  but hopefully you wont chicken  out!   Everyone could really toss the feathers and raise a rafter or 2 with this fowl party. facepalm

OWL see what i can put together. 

oh boy..

  

GREAT LINKS!

party ...I'm circling overhead - we'll see if I fowl things up.  

 

Btw, did find I had stuck Grey Owl in the Celtic Critters Thread, but my tutorial link was broke - so removed it from there. 

"Grey Owl" by John Arcand. 

https://live.staticflickr.com/1898/43732916124_8be7b3f363_n.jpg

 

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Forgot to add this one! 

"Valse du Caribou" is beautiful any time of year!  Was snowing today anyway, from La Famille Soucy - sounds a little Nordic to me! 

 

 

https://clipground.com/images/caribou-clip-art-5.jpg

 

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From Newfoundland, following up with more CRITTER tunes!

Émile Benoît's set - "Brother's Farewell", "Caribou Skin Nailed Around the Circle" and "Wayne And The Bear" I LOVE "Wayne and The Bear" - on my list for sure! 

 

 

"Black Duck Brook" [for Émile Benoît], composed by Jamie Snider.  LOVELY TUNE - definitely on my list to learn! 

 

 

Red Desert Fiddle Tutorial for, "Black Duck Brook French Center Waltz", by Émile Benoît

 

 

"Rabbits Sitting in The Bush" - VERY NICE NL TUNE (in Edor & Ador), but can't find a video, just sheet music with audio: 

Rabbits Sitting In The Bushes - NLTrad

Rabbits Sitting In The Bushes - The Session

 

"Pussycat(s) Up in The Plum Tree" - played by the Punters (NL)

 

 

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Here's more 'Bear' tunes! 

John Arcand's "Big Bear" is a Metis style tune - a little different than "Wayne and the Bear". 

 

Ward Allen's "The Grizzly Bear" will have you growling, too!  Here's a Tutorial by April Verch!

 

 

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/e0/65/31/e06531b797cd9d20d91ee8b2c8f6a391--bear-art-grizzly-bears.jpg

 

← "Paddleboarding Bears", by Marilynn Mason.

- Emily

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