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The Reel of the Metis

Posted by Calvin Vollrath


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Size: 1,096kb, uploaded 3/1/2008 10:15:06 AM
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This is a tune I wrote in November 2007. It's a crooked tune (broken meter) and very typical of the Metis or French Canadian style of fiddle. This is on my new CD called

3 comments on “The Reel of the Metis”

janepaints Says:
Saturday, March 1, 2008 @11:25:06 AM

Wow, simply gorgeous. Who's playing guitar (or was it a cittern/octave mando?)....When the guitar first comes in, is that a bass (or keyboard?) hitting along on the second strum, rising in amplitude as its note sustains? Was it actual foottapping or some other percussive sound meant to replicate or suggest foottapping? A wonderful track, Calvin.

Calvin Vollrath Says:
Saturday, March 1, 2008 @12:05:33 PM

Glad you like the tune. I'm playing all the instruments on this tune. There is no piano. I have a regular old mandolin and also a telecaster guitar playing the melody as well, at the same time as the fiddle. Nearing the end of the sound clip  I have a 5 string fiddle playing the melody an octave lower than the 4 string fiddle along with the tele pickin' the melody as well. It gives it a pretty neat sound, I think. Also 4 sets of wooden spoons join in at the same place. Rhythm guitar, bass guitar, rhythm mandolin, tele and 5 string fiddle are all the instruments and I'm clogging my feet throughout the whole tune.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Saturday, March 1, 2008 @1:26:39 PM

Hey Calvin, very nice!  And I enjoyed the information about how you recorded this piece with spoons and clogs and such.  To be able to go from instrument to instrument as well as you do is quite a talent.  Thanks again,


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