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JOHN O' BADENYOND. AKA - "John of Bandenyon." AKA and see "Johnny from Gandsey." See "Cape Breton Wedding Reel," "MacIsaac's Reel," "Old Time Wedding Reel (1)." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton/PEI. G Dorian (Skye, McGlashan): A Minor (O'Farrell): B Minor (Aird, Manson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Manson, McGlashan): AAB (MacDonald): AABB (Aird, O'Farrell). This tune, originally a strathspey, is played as a reel on Cape Breton Island, where it often goes by the name of its order in the "Old Time Wedding Reel" medley. It is a popular and frequently recorded piece. Dunlay and Greenberg suggest it may be related to "Tha Duthrachd Mo Chridhe Dhuit"(You Have My Heart's Love) in MacDonald's Gesto Collection, taken originally from Alexander Campbell's collection Albyn's Anthology (1816-18). The Episcopal minister of Langside, Aberdeenshire, John Skinner (1721-1807) wrote verses to the melody and referred to "John of Badenyon" as a pipe tune; his lyrics appear in The Songs of Scotland (1877) and The Scots Musical Museum (1790). In the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion, Rev. Skinner was willing to sign an oath of allegiance to the crown; despite this, however, his church was wrecked by the Duke of Cumberland's troops, and he himself was imprisoned for half a year in Aberdeen for preaching to a gathering of more than four people. It is included, along with other Scots songs and dance melodies, in the music manuscripts of Setauket, Long Island, painter and fiddler William Sidney Mount [1] (1807-1868). Mount played a good amount of music for dancing and his own pleasure, and had access to both printed and local sources.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 558, p. 212. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 148. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 3), 1787-1803; No. 285. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854; p. 123. McGlashan (A Collection of Reels), c. 1786; p. 23. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. IV), c. 1810; p. 147.

Recorded sources: Celtic SCX 58, Elmer Briand - "And His Cape Breton Fiddle." Rounder Records, Willie Kennedy - "Cape Breton Violin." (Ashley) MacIsaac & (Dave) MacIsaac - "Fiddle Music 101."

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]




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