Bear in the Buckwheat

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BEAR IN THE BUCKWHEAT. Canadian, Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCD. The first strain of the tune resembles that of "New Christmas or the Bass Reel" in MacDonald's Skye Collection. Buddy MacMaster is reported (by Dunlay & Greenberg) to have heard Gaelic words to the tune.

Source for notated version: Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; p. 96. Dunlay & Reich (Traditional Celtic Fiddle Music of Cape Breton), 1986; p. 64.

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: ACC-4968, Kinnon Beaton – "A Sprig of Ivy" (1989). University College of Cape Breton UCCBP 1007, Donald MacLellan – "Celtic Music of Cape Breton, vol. I" (1985).




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