Les Mardi Gras​/​Reuben’s Train​/​Le Reel Béatrice

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Les Mardi Gras/Reuben’s Train/Le Reel Béatrice -trad.Cajun/Appalachian/Québécois
Bouzouki queen from New Orleans, Beth Patterson, taught Barbara not only this song, but the unique foot pattern called “pieds”, used by Québécois fiddlers and singers, and “bottine souriante” by Cajuns accompanying mouth music that you’ll hear on our recording. Mardi Gras revelers would travel from house to house on horseback, led by “le capitain” begging for food for “le gumbo” that would be made for the celebration. Jim adds an Appalachian tune that ties in well, and finishes off with a great reel from Québec to which Kathleen does some Québécois clogging.

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Capitaine, capitaine, voyage ton flag.
Allons chez autres voisins,
Demandé la charité pour le gumbo ce soir.

Les Mardi Gras s'en vient de tout partout,
Tout alentour le tour du moyeu,
Ça passe une fois par an, demandé la charité,
Quand-même ça c'est une patate, une patate ou des gratons

Les Mardi Gras sont dessus un grand voyage,
Tout alentour le tour du moyeu,
Ça passe une fois par an, demandé la charité,
Quand-même ça c'est un poule maigre, ou trois ou quatre coton de maïs.

Capitaine, capitaine, voyage ton flag.
Allons chez autres voisins,
Demandé la charité pour le gumbo ce soir.

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from Silver, released September 30, 2011
Barbara Tresidder Ryan - lead vocals, bouzouki, pieds
Bernard Argent - wooden flute, cabasa,
Chuck Lawhorn - bass guitar
Kathleen Larrick - hard shoe footwork, vocals
Jim Queen - fiddle, vocals

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IONA Washington, D.C.

IONA has been taking its unique brand of traditional Celtic music to festivals, arts centers, schools & house concerts all over North America and Europe since 1986, blending music from the various Celtic traditions with stories and a little humor - Barbara Ryan (vocals, bouzouki, bodhran), Bernard Argent (flute, doumbek), Chuck Lawhorn (bass), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo) & Kathleen Larrick (dance). ... more

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