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Banjo tablatures for St. Anne's Reel


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #irish music, #medium tempo, #fiddle tune, #celtic

What do most old tunes have in common? Their authors are unknown. You would have to be older than the great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth yet still be alive in this age to know and tell who authored most old tunes that we all enjoy. Since everyone from the time the author of this tune existed is long dead and gone, the author's identity is unknown. This, however, isn't the only thing unknown about this song, as the supposed facts like its origin, etc. are somewhat based on speculations. For example, the St Anne's reel is said to have originated from French Canada because of the St. Anne's Bay in Nova Scotia. Furthermore, since Catholics were the major settlers in French Canada, it is believed that it was titled after the mother of Mary, St Anne, who might have been the author's favorite St. Over time, it has grown to become the most popular Canadian tune among fiddlers in the lower 48. Titled Le Reel de Sainte-Anne in French, the Quebecois fiddler, Joseph Allard (John Carignan's teacher), is responsible for the tune's popularity. As a matter of fact, Joseph was born close to the basilica built in honor of St Anne, the grandmother of Jesus. Although the biblical canon never mentioned St Anne, she first appeared in 2nd Century Christian writings referred to by Jesuits as "apocryphal literature." Around the 13th century, the French were the first western Europeans to venerate St Anne. Four centuries later, the French entered the new world with their unwavering devotion to St Anne.

  • Banjo St. Anne's Reel Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    St. Anne, patron saint of lost causes...Perfect for banjo players! Just kidding:) This is a fun, somewhat impressionistic Scruggs adaptation of this tune. It doesn't capture the melo...

    Banjo St. Anne's Reel Scruggs Style
  • Banjo St. Anne's Reel Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    A beautiful melody, chord progression, and a bit of a challenge. Take it slow and strive for a beautiful tone, especially when learning and playing slow. That's the perfect time to ...

    Banjo St. Anne's Reel Melodic Style
  • Banjo St. Anne's Reel Single String Style

    Single String Style

    Single string allows us to capture fiddle tune melodies very accurately. Where melodic style will sometimes run into phrases that would need to be retooled to fit in the picking styl...

    Banjo St. Anne's Reel Single String Style