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CARIBOU BARREN. Canadian, Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan R. MacDonald (1911-1976). Barren-ground caribou are distinct from mountain caribou and woodland caribou and inhabit the Canadian and Alaska tundra regions. However, the title refers to a plain of low vegetation nearby to Island Barren and Bakeapple Barren in Inverness County, Cape Breton.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cameron (Trip to Windsor: The Music of Dan R. MacDonald, vol. 2), 1994; p. 48.

Recorded sources: Alia Vox AVSA 9878, Jordi Savall - "The Celtic Viol. II" (2010).




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