The Crooked Stovepipe


Time Signature: 2.4

Key of Tune: G

Tune Type: Set Tune

Number of Bars: 32

Notes: as played by the Victorian Folk Music Club
Often attributed to Colin J Boyd, Cape Breton
Composed by John Burt 1938. This is a very popular tune here in the Ottawa Valley. It is usually described as a Breakdown and that is a hard term to pin down. I’ve listed it as a reel but it could be a polka . I’ve also seen it credited to Jim Magill.
A favorite all over Eastern Canada and New England as well. Some French have another name for it, not referring to woodstoves at all. I’ve seen it credited to Ralph Page as well, but I have a feeling it’s really been around a lot longer than any of the above.

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