Dans a Carre (Le Reel de Courville)

This is an online fiddle lesson for the Cajun fiddle tune "Dans a Carre" (In a Square), otherwise known as "Le Reel de Courville" (Courville's Reel).  This tune is for my friend Bob Betts.

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Genre: Old Time, Country
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Dans a Carre."

Dans a Carre- Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Dans a Carre- Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Dans a Carre - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Dans a Carre - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.


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    Great to see an Acadian (Cajun) song again! The title is actually “Danse carrée”, which means “square dance”, so you were right to say it might refer to a type of dance! I’m so happy to see Acadian reels on your website. I’ll certainly try to learn them 🙂
    An Acadian girl from Canada (the East Coast of Canada is full of Acadians. We are all related to the Louisiana Cajuns, and we all arrived in Nova Scotia, Eastern Canada. Our common ancestors were deported from there in 1755, and that is how some ended up in Louisiana, who they thought belonged to France at the time).


    As they say at the East Coast kitchen parties Wooohooo! That would be a perfect tune to work on my double stops…I can see that this site will take up a lot of my time…

    John (BGD)

    Haha yes plan to spend some time here! “Cajun Fiddle” is a good one for double stops as well.


    I also am very happy that you have provided this new piece to practice of Acadian origin and flavor. It give me a connection to my French Canadian ancestors. I’m still trying to get the tune “Cajun Fiddle” up to speed. But this will also be fun and fits quite well with my interest in the French influence on American language and music. Mille fois merci!

    John (BGD)

    I am going to be posting soon an interview I did with Robin Warren and Brian Claney (Spirit Fiddle from New Hampshire). They play a lot of French Musette fiddle music, which I think is absolutely beautiful.


    Oh how I cant wait for this one, listened to it all day, downloaded the notes and tabs, I am Acadian after all ! been busy with cotton eye joe and cajun, this one fits right in !
    Thanks for playing this one with love John, I could tell you were tired yet that gave it something sweetly relaxing…and it s a dance song, folks around here are going to LOVE this one:O)
    Thanks again for making a fiddler out of me yet , my own culture ! That I missed being raised in Montreal with distortion guitar and acdc/jazz/pop !
    Remembering now my family coming from the Don Messer days , keeping this torch alive with your influence and ever so casual happy catchy tone :O)
    learning this one the way you teach and play it will get me to where I must.
    Merci mon frere,

    John (BGD)

    De rien, Gu. 🙂 This was a really fun tune, and was a requested song. I really need to do more Cajun tunes; I get lots of requests for them.


    I think you would enjoy “Les Blues de Port Arthur” (The Port Arthur Blues) Leo Soileau has a wonderful version, as does Dewey Balfa.

    Side note: this tune is actually called “La Danse Carré” or “the Square Dance.” A lot of our songs are commonly mispelled since most people could read or write in French in the early 20th century ( and even now).

    John (BGD)

    Thanks stickneysc. I checked out the Leo Soileau version on youtube. That is a great tune!

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