Tune of the Week

A new tune each Wednesday (more or less) chosen arbitrarily by your Webmaster, a mixture of traditional and new (but traditional in style) tunes.  Site visitors are encouraged to nominate tunes for this page via the Suggestion Form.

This week’s tune:

Reel des Accordéonistes, another wonderful Québécois reel in three parts with a nice bit of syncopation in the third part.

Last week’s tune:

Gigue de Salon,  an actual 6/8 jig (not all Québécois “gigues” are 6/8) by Pascal Gemme.  In English, “Living Room Jig”.

Recent Tunes of the Week:

  • Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine, a traditional march or reel with possible African American roots.
  • Corie, a beautiful slow air written by David Kaynor for Corie Pressley.  Don’t miss the video of David playing this tune with Corie and Katie Pressley and several other great musicians.
  • Waynesboro, Originally an Irish tune (march?), Over the Moor to Maggie, it included a third part not usually played with this old-time version.
  • The Wise Maid, a very popular traditional Irish reel.
  • Lévis Beaulieu, a popular Quebecois reel which has since become a contra-dance favorite.
  • Blind Mary, By Turlough O’Carolan, a blind harper in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, considered one of Ireland’s greatest composers in any genre. Blind Mary is thought to have been another blind harper.
  • Misty Morning  And now for something completely different, a full-on Bluegrass tune by Doyle Lawson in E minor, lyrical and a touch complex.
  • You Married My Daughter But You Didn’t (Tout d’un Coup).  This quintessentially Quebecois reel  is fun to play.  (Hint: The “you” in the title refers to the priest.)
  • Efraim. The full name of this tune is Merenkulkijq Efraim Anderssonin Hambo.  This rathe hypnotic tune is from Finland.
  • The King’s Wedding March (Leksands Brüdmarsh): Thought to have been composed by several musicians for the wedding of a nineteenth century Swedish King but generally considered traditional.  Guitar players, check out the idea in the Notes section.


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