Inverness Gathering (The)

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INVERNESS GATHERING, THE. AKA and see "Culloden Day (1)." Scottish, Canadian; Pipe Quickstep and March (4/4 time). Canada; Cape Breton, Newfoundland. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Martin): AABC (Kerr): AABBCC (Martin): AABBCCDD (Balmoral, Perlman, Skye). "Inverness Gathering" is pipe march originally printed in J. & R. Glen's Inverness Collection (c. 1873), however it is closely modeled after "Culloden Day (1)," a march in Agus MacKay's Piper's Assistant (c. 1844).

The name Inverness means 'mouth of the river Ness'. Ness was the name of a legendary Irish queen, mother of Conchubar, who is supposed to have ruled in Ulster at the time of Christ (though the river name may be older). The Inverness Gathering is the name of the annual Highland Games sponsored by the city of Inverness, Scotland, and were established in 1822.

Archie Barnie, an albino performer from Inverness in the mid-19th century
"Inverness Gathering" was recorded for Decca Records in 1934 by Alick Gillis and the Inverness Serenaders but it was never issued.



See also the County Donegal variant "March of the Meenatoiteen Bull (The)."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Reg Banks (b. 1923, Poplar Point, Central Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources : - Cranford (The Cape Breton Highland Collection), 2015; No. 42, p. 22. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 3, p. 47. J. Kenyon Lees (Balmoral Reel Book), c. 1910; p. 37. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 178. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 1), 1991; p. 35. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2004; p. 18. Moffat (Dance Music of the North), 1908, No. 1, p. 1. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 93.

Recorded sources : - Beltona BL1856 (78 RPM), Will Powrie (1932). Ceilidh Records CLP-1001, Sandy MacIntyre - "Let's Have a Ceilidh" (c. 1974). Greentrax CDTRAX 9009, Donald MacDonell (1888-1967) - "Scottish Tradition 9: The Fiddler and his Art" (1993). Ind LP-13, Walter MacIsaac - "Musical Memories of the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland" (c. 1980). Regal G-7142 (78RPM), Peter Wyper (1915). Topic 12T280, J. Scott Skinner "The Starthspey King."

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Hear Peter Wyper's 1915 recording on youtube.com [2]



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