Dubbed Pierriche or Pierre the Rhymer, Falcon had a talent for putting into song local happenings, such as the adventures of voyageurs and hunters. Among those of his songs that have survived are 'La Bataille des sept chênes' / 'The Battle of Seven Oaks' or 'La Chanson de la Grenouillère' (Winnipeg 1816), 'La Danse des bois-brülés' / 'Lord Selkirk at Fort William' (1816; this song is attributed to Falcon although he has not been positively identified as the author), 'Le Général Dickson' / 'The Dickson Song' (1837; Dickson was an adventurer who left Grantown that year to found an Indian kingdom in California), and 'Les Tribulations d'un roi malheureux' / 'Misfortunes of an Unlucky King' (1869, to the tune of 'Le Juif errant'). It is reported that his ballads were sung on the Prairies by the Métis to the accompaniment of the violin (crincrin). They were carried throughout Canada, from the St Lawrence to the Mackenzie River. Songs of Old Manitoba by Margaret Arnett MacLeod (Toronto 1960) contains all of Falcon's known songs. Lake Falcon in Manitoba was probably named after him.
Author Denise Ménard
Complin, Margaret. 'Chanson de la Grenouillère,' Royal Society of Canada Transactions, 3rd series, vol 33 (Ottawa 1939)
MacLeod, Margaret Arnett. 'Bard of the Prairies,' Beaver, 286, Spring 1956
- 'Dickson the liberator' and 'Songs of the insurrection,' ibid, 287, Spring 1957
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