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CHRISTI(E)/CHRISTY CAMPBELL. Canadian, Strathspey or Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. AEae or Standard tunings (fiddle). AB (Dunlay/Hughie and Mary MacDonald): AAB (Dunlay/MacKenzie): AABB' (Dunlay/Campbell). The tune is usually played in 'high bass' (AEae) tuning on Cape Breton and is a favorite of fiddlers on the island. Dunlay & Greenberg call this the Gaelic version of "Miller of Drone (1) (The)," and, indeed, many have noted the striking similarity (although Mark Wilson notes that many Cape Breton fiddlers play both and consider them separate tunes). Two verses of mouth music for "Cairistiona Chaimbeul" (Christie Campbell) can be found in John Shaw's booklet accompanying Topic 12T354 ("Cape Breton Scottish Fiddle").
"Christie Campbell," along with "Christy Miller" and "Prince Edward Island Wedding Reel" formed the traditional accompanying set for the dance 'The Wedding Reel' on Prince Edward Island in communities with a distinct Scottish heritage.
Sources for notated versions: Hughie MacDonald, John Willie Campbell, Carl MacKenzie and Mary MacDonald (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg].
Printed source: Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music from Cape Breton), 1996; pp. 122-123.
Recorded sources: ACC-49191, Tara Lynne Touesnard - "Fiddle Fingers" (1990). ACC-49398, Brenda Stubbert - "House Sessions" (1992). Atlantica Music 02 77657 50222 26, Kyle & Lucy MacNeil - "Atlantic Fiddles" (1994). Barra Music Co., The Barra MacNeils - "Rock in the Stream" (1989). Celtic CX 22, Donald MacLellan. CLM 1001, Carl MacKenzie - "And His Sound is Cape Breton" (1981). Celtic CX 017, Dan J. Campbell. EMI E4 80683, John Morris Rankin - "North Country" (1993). NMAS 1972, Natalie MacMaster - "Fit as a Fiddle" (1993). NQD-5447, Doug MacPhee - "Cape Breton Master of the Keyboard." Rodeo RLP 107, RBS 1248, Joe MacLean - "And his Old Time Scottish Fiddle" (c. 1967). Rounder 7003, John Campbell - "Cape Breton Violin Music" (1976). Rounder Records , John L. MacDonald - "Formerly of Foot Cape Road: Scottish Fiddle Music in the Classic Inverness County Style" (2005). Sea-Cape Music ACR4-12940, Buddy MacMaster - Judique on the Floor" (1989). Topic 12T354, John Willie Campbell - "Cape Breton Scottish Fiddle" (1978).
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings