Colonel McBain's Fancy

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X:1 T:Colonel McBain's Fancy M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amix a | A2 ec e2 ea | f2 af feea | A2 ec e2 ea | cdec BABc | A2 ec e2 ea | f2 af feef | a2 af e2 ae | cdec BABc || a2 af e2 ae | f2 af feef | a2 af e2 ae | cdec BABc | a2 af e2 ae | f2 af feef | agaf e2 ae | cdec BABc || A2 eA A2 fe | A2 af feea | A2 eA A2 fe | cdec BABc | A2 eA A2 fe | A2 af feef | a2 af e2 ae | cdec BABc ||



COLONEL McBAIN'S FANCY. AKA - "Colonel MacBain's Fancy." Canadian, Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBA'A'B'B' (Dunlay & Greenberg): ABC (Shears). This melody apparently was originally a pipe tune, for Barry Shears finds it in David Glen's bagpipe Tutor, Part 2 (1876-1901) in a two-part reel and a three-part strathspey setting (which is perhaps the original). The fiddle version adapts the reel setting plus the third part of the strathspey setting, according to Dunlay & Greenberg. Murdoch McDonald is sometimes credited with the composition. The tune is sometimes called "Mrs. Gordon of Cairness' Reel" by Cape Breton fiddlers, but, while musically similar, that reel is a composition of Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, fiddler-composer William Christie (1778-1849).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Donald Angus Beaton and Kinnon Beaton (Mabou, Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg].

Printed sources : - Dunlay & Reich (Celtic Fiddle Music from Cape Breton), 1986 (appears as "Traditional Reel"). Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; p. 48. Shears (Gathering of the Clans Collection, vol. 1), 1986; p. 52 (pipe setting).

Recorded sources : - DAB4-1985, Donald Angus Beaton - "A Musical Legacy" (1985). JAD-1, Jackie Dunn - "Dunn to a T" (1995. Appears as "Mrs. Gordan of Cairness"). RDRC 850, Raymond Ellis - "Dedicated to Mom and Dad" (1994. Appears as 2nd "Traditional Reel"). Rodeo RLP 107, Joe MacLean - "And His Old Time Scottish Fiddle"(c. 1967. Appears as 2nd reel after "Ca' the Stirks"). Rounder 7011, Donald Angus and Kinnon Beaton - "The Beatons of Mabou" (1978. Appears as 1st of "Two Traditional Reels" after "Chiste Mhor").

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



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