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The Heart of Cape Breton

Various Artists
The Heart of Cape Breton

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.

Track Listing

101
My Great Friend John Morris Rankin (Brenda Stubbert) /The Flax in Bloom / A Northside Reel (medley) Brenda Stubbert, fiddle; Richard Wood, piano; Brian Doyle, guitar. 3:40
102
Traditional Strathspey / Stumpy / Primrose Lass / A Bright May Morning (medley) Jackie Dunn MacIsaac, fiddle; Wendy MacIsaac, piano. 2:46
103
New Haven Reel / Mrs. Norman MacKeigan's Reel (Dan R. MacDonald) / Glenquey Reel / The High Drive Reel (Gordon Duncan) / The Snappy Reel (John Campbell) / Miss Jane McInnes-Dandaleith (William Marshall)(medley) Kinnon Beaton, fiddle; Betty Beaton, piano; Owen D. Gillis, prompting. 5:36
104
In Memory of Herbie MacLeod (Jerry Holland)/ Christy Campbell/Anthony Murray's/Bridge of Bamore/Arrochar Bridge Jerry Holland, fiddle; Allan Dewar, piano. 7:12
105
The Way to Judique / Compliments to the Boys of the Lough(Frank Ferrel) / The Canadian Club Jig (Frank Ferrel) / The Hills of Glenorchy / Walking the Floor (medley) Buddy MacMaster, fiddle; Joey Beaton, piano. 5:16
106
Pipe Major George Ross's Welcome to the Black Watch March (William Lawrie)/Duke of AtholeStrathspey/Tibby Fowler of the Glen/ Traditional Strathspey/Creignish Hills (Rev. Hugh A. MacDonald)/Sandy Cameron/The Straw Man Wendy MacIsaac, fiddle; Jackie Dunn MacIsaac, piano. 6:28
107
Kitty of Oulart / Traditional / Inverness Jig / Memories of Mac(Jerry Holland) / Little House Round the Corner (J. Hand)/Money in Both Pockets / The Jumpy Jig (medley) Kinnon Beaton, fiddle; Betty Beaton, piano. 7:12
108
The Rosebud of Allenvale (J. Scott Skinner)/Tom Dey (J. Scott Kinnner)/Miss Dale/Maggie Cameron/The Devil in the Kitchen/Margaree/St. Kilda Wedding/Elizabeth's Big Coat/Bridge of Bamore Buddy MacMaster, fiddle; Joey Beaton, piano. 9:47
109
Thomas MacDonnell's Strathspey(Donald Angus Beaton) / Traditional / Mrs. Norman MacKeigan's Reel (Dan R. MacDonald) / New Haven Reel (medley) Kinnon Beaton, fiddle; Betty Beaton, piano. 2:37
110
The Short GrassJig/The Braes of Elchies Jig/Traditional Jig/Gallagher's Jig/ The Pibroch of O'Donal Dubh Wendy MacIsaac, fiddle; Jackie Dunn MacIsaac, piano. 5:17
111
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 (medley) Kinnon Beaton, fiddle; Betty Beaton, piano. 9:02
112
Traditional Strathspey / The Devil in the Kitchen (W. Ross) / Calum Crubach / Donnacha's Favourite (Paddy O'Brien) / The Mortgage Burn (Gordon MacLean) / Morgan MacQuarrie (Brenda Stubbert) / The Grey Bob (medley) Brenda Stubbert, fiddle; Richard Wood, piano; Brian Doyle, guitar. 6:05

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