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Jun 11, 2021 - 3:50 AM
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257 posts since 5/25/2015

I recently bought a copy of the "Balfolk" tune book and have been enjoying learning some traditional French tunes from it. These two Bourées are called "L'Étoile" and "Branle á Six de la Châtre". The banjo is in relative G tuning but tuned very low - I'm not sure what key it ended up in!


Jun 11, 2021 - 7:13:14 AM
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1384 posts since 5/19/2018

Well done!!

Jun 12, 2021 - 12:28:19 AM

6662 posts since 6/27/2009

Beautifully suited and skillfully arranged for your clawhammer style! I assume you learned from the notation. When was the music originally published?

Jun 12, 2021 - 2:46:39 AM
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257 posts since 5/25/2015

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Originally posted by JanetB

Beautifully suited and skillfully arranged for your clawhammer style! I assume you learned from the notation. When was the music originally published?


Thanks Janet. I did learn these from the notation and I found a couple of videos online where these tunes were being played for dancing. I got interested in this by listening to The Rheingans Sisters, who play a lot of tunes from central/southern France on violin/banjo. The Balfolk book is from 2010, but its a selection taken from 2 older sources called "Massif Central" vols. 1 and 2. I haven't found any info on these. They seem to be traditionally played with bagpipes, hurdy gurdy and accordion/melodeon. Most of the tunes are in G or D or C, so they fit the banjo well, though. Maybe someone here knows more about the history of this?

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