Danse des Bois Brules, La (Lord Selkirk at Fort William)

DESCRIPTION: Canadian French: "Allons, vite accourez Rats musques, Bois Brules." A "herald" announces that the Lord (Selkirk) is givng a ball. The dignitaries are invited to join the fun. Lord Selkirk tells the men to stop joking; they tell him to relax
AUTHOR: unknown (perhaps Pierre Falcon; tune by Francs Macons)
EARLIEST DATE: 1959 (MacLeod)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage humorous moniker party
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
June 19, 1816 - Battle of Seven Oaks. Some 70 Metis horsemen under Cuthbert Grant encounter 28 Hudson's Bay Company men under Governor Semple on Frog Plain. Only six of Semple's men survive
FOUND IN: Canada
REFERENCES (1 citation):
MacLeod, #2, pp. 10-15, "La dance des Bois Brules" (1 French text plus English translation "Lord Selkirk at Fort William," 1 tune)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Chanson de la Grenouillere ("Song of Frog Plain," Falcon's Song)" (context)
NOTES: After the Battle of Frog Plain/Seven Oaks, the British governor Lord Selkirk came down to try to bring things back under control. Pierre Falcon -- or someone -- wrote this song to lampoon his acts. It looks more like a play than a folk song, with pars assigned to a "Herald," the "Brule Boys" (i.e. the Metis who had won at Frog Plain), and "Milord," i.e. Selkirk. - RBW
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File: Macl02

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