Week #558 ~ Reel St. Antoine

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Sorry for the delay in posting this winner! It's Reel St. Antoine, which was submitted as a French Canadian tune.

    Here is a link to 4 settings on thesession.org

  2. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Ouch! Iíve just learned this straight and realised that some play it crooked. Not sure if I can make it crooked on purpose.

    And the G major version seems much easier to play! Ahhhh!
  3. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Uh oh, link on next poll #559 doesn’t seem to work, anyone else have similar issue?
  4. Frithjof
    Oops! Iím the first.

  5. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    This week’s prize goes to Frithjof! Nice playing, and I like that instrument too!
  6. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    My favourite instrument does it again, nice playing Frithjof!
  7. Frankdolin
    Frithjof with the "Heads-up"! NIce performance!
  8. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Very nice, Frithjof -- I'm still trying to make sense of the tune so it's useful to have this (plus, it sounds great)!

  9. John W.
    John W.
    Sounding good, Frithjof…. I was also surprised to see that nobody had posted a version of the tune during the period of it being announced that it was the SAW and the next SAW being announced… I have worked on the tune so will try and get something recorded/posted over the coming few days…
  10. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Me too, I’ve worked it up but haven’t got around to any recording for ages.
    Many thanks Frithjof for being number one!
  11. bbcee
    Great job on this one Frithjof, on your lovely mando!
  12. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    I can dance to that, Frithjof. Not the weird dance they do in that Maine Fiddle Camp video, of course.
  13. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    A gently paced reel there, Frithjof, and so cleanly played by you. Lovely sound from your mando too.
  14. Frithjof
    Thanks all. Your praise is a great reward for my efforts.
  15. bbcee
    @Bertram: I thought an aerobics class has wandered into the jam.
  16. Simon DS
    Simon DS
  17. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    That's one cute little baby banjo, Simon. Fits the general mood of the tune
  18. Frithjof
    Happy playing on your Banjolele, Simon.
  19. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Am I hearing another instrument playing in unison behind the banjo, Simon? Or am I just losing my senses totally?
    Nice playing, by the way.
  20. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks Gents I get the idea, little banja fella not liked.
    Ok, so I changed the mix and gave more banjolele instead.
    Hope you prefer this one. Yes and I lost four valuable Ďlikesí on my YouTube channel in the process of trying to accommodate my fan-base.
    The cake-porn is for any of you who occasionally think of food.
  21. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Nice playing, Simon. Banjoleles can be fun on some tunes -- I had one on loan a few years ago, which I used on a couple of recordings (e.g. The Marquis Of Lorne). Not that versatile in tone, though.

    Here is my own recording made today. I'm playing the tune twice through, the second time adding harmonies by Peter Macfarlane of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra:


    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin (x2)
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar


  22. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Yay thanks, Martin and a mighty fine performance from you too!
    That’s makes three of us Merry Gentlemen playing the new MandolinCafe feature:
    Tune of the Last Month
  23. John W.
    John W.
    I like the additions of the harmonies, Martin, and the banjolele, Simon.
  24. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Simon and John. Fun tune, with nice runs!

  25. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Yes, and the next Tune a Month, Bluegrass Blackberry Blossom is going to need a bit of a personality shift.
    Not sure if I’m ready for that.
  26. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Two fine new recodings of this Canadian reel.
  27. Robert Balch
    Robert Balch
    I woke up this morning with this tune going through my head so I thought I'd make a quick recording.

    Collings MTO Mandolin

  28. bbcee
    Really fine, Robert, and that good Collins sound. The thumbnail of the video is of a Weber mandola though, correct?
  29. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Splendid playing Robert, talk about joy coming from your mandolin! Really good, thanks.
  30. Frithjof
    Three new recordings within the last week.

    Simon – I was happy with your first version. The added tracks are great, too.

    Martin – Good to have your recording with harmonies by Peter Macfarlane here. I had had the idea to use at least the chords of his arrangement but then decided to post my solo playing.

    Robert – Thanks for your good sounding solo version.
  31. Frankdolin
    Robert, Simon,and Martin all with great additions to this very entertaining SAW.
  32. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Robert: great fluency, speed and tone. To my mind that's about the ideal reel tempo - fast enough for the energy jilt but not so fast that the tune becomes a mush. My reels still need a few more notches to reach that sweet spot.

  33. John W.
    John W.
    Nice tempo, Robert…good start to your day…
  34. John W.
    John W.

    Every time I tried to recorded this tune I made a mistake!

    Hereís the version I finally got down.

    Played on Phil Davidson mandolin.
  35. Frithjof
    Thanks for your version, John. Nice variation of the B part.
  36. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Three different and very well played versions, Martin, Robert and John W. Thanks for posting.
  37. Frankdolin
    Very nice John! Glad you stayed with it.
  38. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Sparkling performance John. Me too, glad you polished it, tone sounds good too.
  39. John W.
    John W.
    Much appreciated Frithjof, John K, Frank & Simon.
  40. Simon DS
    Simon DS
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