I learned April’s Reel from Aubrey Haynie’s Bluegrass Fiddle Album. He’s the only person I had ever heard play it, so I assumed that he wrote it.
It’s a cool tune, and one of the few bluegrass reel’s in the key of Bb. I contacted Aubrey to see if he wrote it, and he told me that Kenny Baker actually wrote April’s Reel, but he never recorded it.
I couldn’t find any other information about the tune online. I really like it, and I hope you do too.
Update from Facebook Comments:
Blaine Sprouse Hi Vi, FYI, I recorded this tune first, in 1979 on my self-titled Rounder Record LP #0117, as well as another Kenny Baker tune never recorded by him called “Long Cold Winter.” As a matter of fact, I named the tune “April’s Reel” after my first wife; Kenny had taught me the tune and said it would be a great tune for me to record when I was working on my first Rounder project, but he had never named the tune. The rest is history. Aubrey does a great job on the tune on his record, it is very close to the way Kenny and I played the tune. It’s a very nice tune!