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The violin
(aka the fiddle)

The king of instruments in Quebecois traditional music. The fiddle has been brought to New France by the first settlers — the first violins were hear at a wedding in Quebec City in 1645. Its popularity grew with the arrival of Irish and Scottish immigrants (who never go anywhere without a fiddle).

In Quebec, a fiddler is called a "violoneux" and some of the great masters are Joseph Allard, Jos Bouchard, Jean Carignan or Isidore Soucy.

Of course, modern groups still give a lot of space to this instrument. For example, listen to La gigue à Méo, from Genticorum, or Le bedo de l'enfer, by André Brunet.

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