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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
...Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres do a wonderful version!
Andy de Jarlis 'CRITTER' tunes!
"Caribou Reel" is my personal favorite. 🥰
Ooops, there's more - another Andy de Jarlis CRITTER tune! Play-along sheet music (fiddle castro).
Sounds like Patti Kusturok is chasing after the rooster!
Watch out for The Jumping Rabbit!
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.
A CRITTER ? tune by Reg Watkins (oldirishladdie) - this is actually a very funny Logger/Lumberjack tune. (lol)
I have to be in the right mood for these tunes. 🥳
🤔... what are CRITTER tunes good for?
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.
...thinking we really need a "Canadian Fiddle" heading!
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
Talk about a wave... I'm almost seasick. (lol)
These definitely keep you on your toes!
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.
OWL see what i can put together.
...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.
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)
It's THAT time of year, again! 🎃
Don't know how this got left out!
"The Black Cat Jig" by Daniel Compton (PEI). Lisa Ornstein playing with Dan Compton for this outstanding Sue Truman artwork video!
A lovely tune in D minor!
The Black Cat Jig Sheet Music - The Session