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About this tune

This tune - known as La Marmotteuse (the [female] complainer) to the Island's Acadians - is played all over the Island, but prized particularly among fiddlers west of Charlottetown. The farther west in the Island one travels, the more ornate the high-turn grows, and the more more insistent and syncopated the rhythms of the low turn get.

Growling Old Man has probably been circulating on PEI for generations (the Guardian makes note of a tune called The Scoldin’ Wife – very possibly an alternative title that was played at the Great Fiddle Contest of 1926). Don Messer and the Islanders recorded it in the 1940s as Growling Old Man and Woman.

Notation for a version of this tune as played by Jim MacDougall is available here. Notation for this tune as played by Edward P Arsenault is in Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island.

Tune Selections

Albert, Joe - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Ivan Albert, gtr
West Prince
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Arsenault, Albin - La Marmotteuse (Growling Old Man & Woman) Accompanied by: Béatrice Gallant pump organ
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Delphine - La Marmotteuse (Growling Old Man & Woman) Accompanied by: Zélie-Anne Arsenault Poirier pump organ
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Eddy - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Amand Arsenault, gtr; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Growling Old Man 2006 Accompanied by: Marie Arsenault Livingstone, pno; Orren Livingstone, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Edward P - Growling Old Man, 1992 Accompanied by: Marie Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Louise - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Zelma Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Baglole, Sidney - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Margaret Ross MacKinnon, pno
West Prince
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Biggar, Jackie - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Ken Perlman, bjo
West Prince
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Doucette, Joseph - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Vincent Doucette, gtr
West Prince
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Doucette, Pat - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Ernie Gallant, gtr
West Prince
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Gaudet, David - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Robert Gallant, pno; Cecil Arsenault, gtr
West Prince
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Jones, Andrew - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Ken Perlman, bjo
West Prince
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Kearney, Joe - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Gerard Murphy, gtr
South Kings
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MacDougall, Jim - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Peter Robinson, bass
West Prince
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McDonald, Leonard - Growling Old Man / Blue Mountain Hornpipe Accompanied by: Margaret Ross MacKinnon, pno; Claire McDonald, gtr
Western Queens
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Pitre, Dennis - Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Boston / Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Vincent Doucette, gtr
West Prince
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Robinson, Elmer - Marchioness of Tullybardine / Growling Old Man Accompanied by: John Cousins, gtr; Ken Perlman, bjo
West Prince
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Smith, Tony - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Alfred Gallant, gtr
Western Queens
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Stewart, Archie - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Ken Perlman, bjo
South Kings
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Thomson, Dave - Growling Old Man Accompanied by: Ken Perlman, bjo
Western Queens
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