Farewell to Lena

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FAREWELL TO LENA. Canadian, Hornpipe. Canada, Cape Breton. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by Cape Breton fiddler Tom Marsh in 1947. Marsh was a fiddler from Lingan, close to New Waterford, Cape Breton, and a friend of fiddler Buddy MacMaster's father. A very young Jerry Holland recalled Marsh from his visits to Boston, when he would stop in to see the family on a friendly visit. "[He was] a good fiddle player but the main thing that got my curiosity as a little kid was the thickness of his glasses: they were very thick and round in a way I hadn’t seen before." Later in life, Holland had as a fiddle student Marsh's great-granddaughter.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 179, p. 67.

Recorded sources:




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