March 21, 2018

The Heart of Cape Breton

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40491

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Celtic
[Tracklist]
  1. My Great Friend John Morris Rankin (Brenda Stubbert) /The Flax in Bloom/A Northside Reel (f)Brenda Stubbert (p)Richard Wood (g)Brian Doyle (3:40)
  2. Traditional Strathspey/Stumpy/Primrose Lass/A Bright May Morning (f)Jackie Dunn MacIsaac (p)Wendy MacIsaac (2:46)
  3. New Haven Reel/Mrs. Norman MacKeigan's Reel (Dan R. MacDonald)/Glenquey Reel/The High Drive Reel/The Snappy Reel/Miss Jane McInnes-Dandaleith (f)Kinnon Beaton (p)Betty Beaton (5:36)
  4. In Memory of Herbie MacLeod/Christy Campbell/Anthony Murray's/Bridge of Bamore/Arrochar Bridge (f)Jerry Holland (p)Allan Dewar (7:12)
  5. The Way to Judique/Compliments to the Boys of the Lough/The Canadian Club Jig/The Hills of Glenorchy/Walking the Floor (f)Buddy MacMaster (p)Joey Beaton (5:16)
  6. Pipe Major George Ross's Welcome to the Black Watch March/Duke of AtholeStrathspey/Tibby Fowler of the Glen/ Traditional Strathspey/Creignish Hills/Sandy Cameron/The Straw Man (f)Wendy MacIsaac (p)Jackie Dunn MacIsaac (6:28)
  7. Kitty of Oulart/Traditional/Inverness Jig/Memories of Mac/Little House Round the Corner/Money in Both Pockets/The Jumpy Jig (f)Kinnon Beaton (p)Betty Beaton (7:12)
  8. The Rosebud of Allenvale/Tom Dey/Miss Dale/Maggie Cameron/The Devil in the Kitchen/Margaree/St. Kilda Wedding/Elizabeth's Big Coat/Bridge of Bamore (f)Buddy MacMaster (p)Joey Beaton (9:47)
  9. Thomas MacDonnell's Strathspey/Traditional/Mrs. Norman MacKeigan's Reel/New Haven Reel (f)Kinnon Beaton (p)Betty Beaton (2:37)
  10. The Short GrassJig/The Braes of Elchies Jig/Traditional Jig/Gallagher's Jig/ The Pibroch of O'Donal Dubh (f)Wendy MacIsaac (p)Jackie Dunn MacIsaac (5:17)
  11. Michael Rankin's Reel/Pretty Marion/Wesley Gillis Reel/The Marquis of Tullybardine/The Black Cock's Will/Colonel Thornton/Over the Isles to America/Johnny Muise's Reel/Tom Rae/Brenda Stubbert's Reel/The Weasel (f)Kinnon Beaton (p)Betty Beaton (9:02)
  12. Traditional Strathspey/The Devil in the Kitchen/Calum Crubach/Donnacha's Favourite/The Mortgage Burn/Morgan MacQuarrie/The Grey Bob (f)Brenda Stubbert (p)Richard Wood (g)Brian Doyle (6:05)

    (f)fiddle (p)piano (g)guitar
[Credits]
Producer, Liner Notes & Photographer: Burt Feintuch, Photographer: Gary Samson, Designer: Spur Design, Recorder& Mixing Engineer: Pete Reiniger, Mastering Engineer: Charlie Pilzer
[Notes]
With a culture deeply influenced by 19th century Scottish emigration, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, is widely celebrated for its fiddle music. Profoundly rooted in old Scottish tradition, the music is increasingly moving to center stage in the contemporary Celtic revival, as seen in the popularity of Cape Breton fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac. This CD features some of the best known and most admired Cape Breton fiddlers, with piano and guitar accompaniment in the island's distinct style. The sound of the island is alive in these exciting performances, recorded live at dances and concerts in Cape Breton during the summer of 2000. This is the real thing, master fiddlers playing in the heart of the tradition, along the Ceilidh Trail.

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