St. Anne's Reel

St. Anne's Reel was first published in 1924 in the 'Leaflet' of SS. Mary's and Anne's Guild, St. Mary's and St. Anne's being schools in Abbots Bromley. The tune was originally French-Canadian, with Joseph Allard’s recorded version, “Reel de Ste Anne,” becoming popular in English-speaking Canada as “St. Anne’s Reel.” There are at least two bays by this name in eastern Canada, and it may be that the tune was named after one of them.

When asked to play a Canadian tune, American fiddlers generally choose to play “St. Anne’s Reel” first. Over the years, the melody and rhythm has been adapted to suit the rhythms of the local step-dancing wherever it is played.

Playing Backup to St. Anne's Reel
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