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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

St Anne's Reel

It is the name of an old fiddle tune that I thought made a good soundtrack for one of my videos on youtube. Old Gits might remember it from the Don Messer show  Depending on what history you choose to believe the tune is either Irish or French Canadian origin. 
The video I shot on  Christmas day, 2014. I missed out on some of the nicest hoar frost scenery when I edited the video down to fit the average human's attention span. It was a cold and frosty day but some of the family got out and had fun in the snow for a while. 
The music has a family connection too as it is being played by my uncles (Don and Roy) and a few of their friends one winter night in 1955. Sound quality is not great as it is a copy of a copy. Originally recorded on a reel to reel tape recorder, which must have been quite a sensation back in 1955. I don't know for sure but suspect this would have been in the days just before rural electrification hit the area so the tape recorder likely ran on batteries. Coal oil (kerosene) lamps supplied the light, no doubt, and the  wood stove would be keeping the house warm. Good times long ago in the land of ice and snow.

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