West Point Reel, The | Bowing Down Home

About this tune

The West Point Reel is widely played in Prince County. It may be named for the small community of West Point, situated on the southwestern coast of Prince County near the town of O’Leary.

Some fiddlers refer to the tune as Québec Reel, suggesting that it may derive from the Québecois fiddling tradition. If so, it may have come to PEI via broadcast in the 1930s or 40s from CHNC radio, New Carlisle, Québec.

A version of this tune as played by Joseph Doucette is in Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island.

Tune Selections

Arsenault, Eddy - West Point Reel Accompanied by: Amand Arsenault, gtr
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Louise - West Point Reel Accompanied by: Zelma Gallant Arsenault, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Arsenault, Peter - West Point Reel Accompanied by: Helene Arsenault Bergeron, pno
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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Doucette, Joseph - West Point Reel Accompanied by: Vincent Doucette, gtr
West Prince
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