Duncan's Trip to the Coal Mines

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DUNCAN'S TRIP TO THE COAL MINES (Cuairt Donnchaidh Do'n Mheinn Guail). Canadian, Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major (Dunlay & Greenberg/MacDonald): A Mixolydian (Dunlay & Greenberg/Campbell). Standard or AEae tunings (fiddle). AB (Dunlay & Greenberg/Campbell): AA'B (Dunlay & Greenberg/MacDonald). The title presumably refers to the Cape Breton town of Mabou Coal Mines, or the actual mines themselves. Dunlay and Reich (1986) note that this tune resembles Nathanial Gow's B-Flat Major tune "Lady Elizabeth Lindsay," which appears in the Skye Collection

Source for notated version: Mary MacDonald and John Campbell (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg].

Printed sources: Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; pg. 130. Dunlay & Reich (Traditional Celtic Fiddle Music of Cape Breton), 1986; p. 30.

Recorded sources: ACC-49191, Tara Lynne Touesnard - "Fiddle Fingers" (1990). JC 124, John Campbell- "Cape Breton Violin" (1979. Listed as "Traditional Strathspey"). Celtic CX 35, Cape Breton's Magazine Tape, Donald MacLellan (c. 1950's. Listed as "Old Traditional Strathspey"). Rounder 7009, Doug MacPhee- "Cape Breton Piano" (1977).

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