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BRAES O'/OF ELACHIE/ELCHIES. Scottish (originally), Canadian, Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by Charles Grant of Aberlour (1810-1892), titled after the banks of the Speyside near Easter Elchies house (built in 1700). Scottish country dancers may be familiar with it as the vehicle for the dance called “A Trip to Aberdeen”, as the tune was published with the dance in one of the modern collections. The jig has currency among Cape Breton fiddlers, having been popularized by a recording in the 1950's by Joe MacLean (in a medley with "Miss Anderson's).

Source for notated version: fiddler Brenda Stubbert (b. 1959, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Brenda Stubbert's), 1994; No. 98, p. 35.

Recorded sources: Rounder 7004, Joe Cormier - "The Dances Down Home" (1977).




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