Crossing the Minch

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Crossing the Minch

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 Theme code Index   3H53H7 4H64H5H
 Also known as    McNab's, McNab's Hornpipe, McNabb's Hornpipe
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Cape Breton/PEI, Pipe, Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Hornpipe/Clog, March/Marche
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 History    CANADA(Maritimes/English)
 Structure    AABBCCDD
 Editor/Compiler    Aly Bain
 Book/Manuscript title    50 Fiddle Solos
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 4
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1989
 Artist    Alan Coulsdon
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    TOPIC 12-TS-267
 Year recorded    1975
 Media    
 PDF Score    ("" is not recognized as a Boolean (true/false) value.)   


CROSSING THE MINCH. AKA and see "McNab's," "McNabb's Hornpipe." Scottish, Canadian; "Pipe Hornpipe." D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Minch = sea. "Traditional," states Aly Bain in his collection, though Christine Martin credits it to Pipe Major Donald Shaw Ramsey, while Paul Cranford credits it to Pipe Major Donald MacLeod (1917-1982, born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis). The melody was known as "McNab's" or "McNabb's Hornpipe" by Cape Breton fiddlers until quite recently, explains Cranford, due to an influential recording by Winston Fitzgerald. He called the tune "McNabb's Hornpipe" on the 78 RPM release, pairing it with "Farmer's Daughter (1)," and it proved to be one of his most popular recordings, making it onto the Canadian 'hit parade' of the time.

Printed sources: Bain (50 Fiddle Solos), 1989; p. 4. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 1, 1991; p. 52.

Recorded sources: Culburnie Records CUL 121D, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas – "Fire and Grace" (2004). Green Linnet GLCD 1145, Wolfstone – "Year of the Dog." Rounder 82161-7032-2, Bill Lamey – "From Cape Breton to Boston and Back: Classic House Sessions of Traditional Cape Breton Music 1956-1977" (2000).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings [1]

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