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Subject: Ontario Fiddle Hit Parade

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Fireman's Reel - George Wade & His Cornhuskers

The Fireman's Reel is a tune that everyone associates with Don Messer, (It became his theme) but George Wade and His Cornhuskers actually recorded it first. It's a lot like "The Cowboy's Reel" and these two tunes both seem to me to be the offspring of the...

Frank Ryan's Hornpipe - Ward Allen

A great B flat hornpipe/reel by Ward Allen. The tune is named for Frank Ryan, who started radio station CFRA in Ottawa in 1945. (I think we can see his initials in the call letters!) He hired Mac Beattie and the Ottawa Valley Melodiers to perform on the...

Frenchie's Reel - Mel Lavigne

A Great Reel by Mel Lavigne. Mel was from Honey Harbour, ON and was the first winner of the open category at the Canadian Open in Shelburne in 1951. It is played in the linked sound file by Shane Cook

Great Eastern (The) Reel

This tune has been a favourite in Ontario for many years. It is named for the ship that laid the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable in 1865, and was written by Clem Titus, an American performer of that era. It is also known as the "Silver Spire". There...

Growling Old Man - Grumbling Old Woman

This feral A tune has been around for a long time. It's not in a lot of books, but everybody knows it. There are as many versions of this as there are fiddlers. It's all rhythm and not much melody, but fun to play. I'm not sure about the crusty old guy ...

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