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Traditional Music of Quebec

Updated February 8, 2000
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BOURQUE, BERNARD, & LEPAGE "MATAPAT"
French Canadian music and dance combined with celtic, jazz and world music influences.
Each performer is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.
Contents: La suite du casse-reel; Matapat; La suite des rubans; La musette et le hautbois;
La traverse du Saguenay/ Le grand triomphe; La valse matique; Le damné; Beau rossignol
sauvage; La turlette à "Pit"; La pipe cornue/ Le capitaine; Valse clog/
Valse de Cesny;
La suite du Bourque émissaire.
Liner notes in French and English.
Reviewed in the Bulletin, Vol. 33, No. 2 (June 1999)
 Cassette  Compact Disc
 TQ032C - $ 15.00  TQ032D - $ 23.00


AIME GAGNE, FRANCE SOUCY, AND ALAIN BLANCHET
"FRENCH CANADIAN COUNTRY DANCES: TRADITIONAL
HARMONICA MUSIC OF LOWER ST. LAWRENCE RIVER, QUEBEC"
Quebec is the home of a special style of harmonica playing. It is called un jeu double and
involves playing rhythm and solo at the same time. This album features Aime Gagne playing
some of the local tunes in this style. He is accompanied by France Soucy and Alain Blanchet
on a variety of instruments. Accompanying notes are in both French and English.
Contents: Le Reel à Pit Beaulieu; Le Reel d'union; Le Reel de L'épinette; Le reel à ma
mére/ La cotillon; Marianne à Pierre; Le set américain; La club à Ti-mé; La claqueuse;
Ca va venir; La reel de Bathurst; Le reel de la Malbaie; La tuque bleue; La gigue
simple; Le reel du 4e; Le reel d'Aimé.
 Cassette
 TQ016C - $ 16.00


GABRIEL LABBE AND PHILIPPE BRUNEAU
"MASTERS OF FRENCH CANADIAN MUSIC: VOLUME III"
Gabriel Labbe is a collector of 78 RPM records and a recognised authority on early
Quebec recordings. Through his collecting and some learning from his family he has
become a very adept player of the older Quebec music. On this album he is accompanied
by Philippe Bruneau on the piano and performs a variety of tunes made famous by the
likes of Lacroix, Soucy, Bouchard, Saint-Louis, Malouin and Montmarquette. The liner
notes (in both French and English) make some interesting observations about changes in
accompaniment styles following the popularization of dance music in the late 1920's.
Contents: Marche des Marchands de fruits; Valse de mon père; Reel Antoninette;
Marche Duverner; Marche du St. Laurent; Valse Alphonsine; Quadrulle canadien;
5ième partie; Reel à quatre, lere partie; Quadrille de la mariée; Miséricorde;
Valse suédoise; Reel de Rivière-du-Loup; La Marche des touristes.

 Cassette
 TQ018C - $ 16.00


HENRI LACROIX, THEODORE DUGUAY, JOSEPH PLANTE,
AND JOSEPH GUILMETTE
"MASTERS OF FRENCH CANADIAN MUSIC: VOLUME IV"

This collection features some of the best known traditional musicians active in Quebec
in the 1920's through 40's. Most of the cuts were recorded (and released as 78 RPM discs)
between 1928 and 1933. Several of Duguay's tunes were recorded in 1944. This is a fine
collection that reflects both the diversity and the richness of the various Quebec traditional
instrumental styles. Liner notes are in both French and English.
Contents: La parade des ouvriers; Polka du père Anotine; Valse des pompiers; Le retour
d'Henri; Marche militaire; Valse d'Henry; Les souliers dorés; Reel St-Jean; Adieu ma
chérie; Clog américaine; Money Musk; March des Mousquetaires; Valse-Clog;
Set américain lère partie.

 Cassette
 TQ019C - $ 16.00


VARIOUS PERFORMERS "SONGS OF FRENCH CANADA"
Samplers of field recordings of three researchers: Laura Boulton (lower St. Lawrence),
Sam Gesser (Laurentians) and Carmen Roy (Gaspe). A variety of material with an introduction
by Marius Barbeau, and brief notes, and text translations in English.
Contents: Le Miracle Du Nouveau-Ne; Bidou; Prince Eugene; Un Petit Peu D'Amour
Mesdames; Ram'nez Vos Moutons; Galop De La Malbaie; Royal David; Belle, Tu N'as
Plus D'Amitie Pour Moi; The "Brandy"; J'ai Fait Une Maitresse; Corbleur, Samleur,
Marion; Du Long de la Mer Jolie; Derriere Chez-Nous Yat Un Champ De Pois; Fiddle
Dance; Son Voile Qui Volaite; Chanson Mensonges; Tous Les Gens Du Plaisir; Je Suis
Amoureux; Reel; C'etait Une Vieille Salope; Pis Ote-Toe Donc; Le Mariage Anglais;
La Passion de Jesus-Christ; Je M'ai Fait Une Jolie Maitresse.
 Cassette
 TQ025C - $ 16.00


JEAN-MARIE VERRET AND LISE VERRET
"FRENCH CANADIAN DANCE MUSIC"
Jean-Marie Verret comes out of a strong tradition of fiddle and dance music from a region
near Quebec. He was exposed to this music early in life, and now possesses a fine repertoire.
This album contains a sampler of him playing this vibrant dance music on the fiddle,
accompanied by Lise Verret on the piano. Liner notes are in both French and English.
Contents: The "Fence Post'; Pit Jornoch's Favorite; Tribute to Jules Verret; Meo's Three
Steps; Tribute to Yves Verret; The Fiddler's Echo; The Brandy's Step Dance; Ti-Jules
Quadrille: (1) The Reel's Chain (2) The Four Corners (3) The Salute (4) The Man With
Two Wives (5) The Galop (6) The Bistringue.

 Cassette
 TQ023C - $ 16.00