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LADY MUIR MACKENZIE. AKA and see "Captain David Stewart 42nd Royal Highlander's Reel," "Captain David Stewart 42nd Royal Highlanders. Afterwards General Stewart," "General Stewart," "Mrs. Muir MacKenzie." Scottish, Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. C Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Cranford): AABB' (Skye). A "double tonic" composition attributed by MacDonald (Skye Collection) to William Gow (1751–1791), eldest son of Niel Gow. The tune is often played in D Major/Mixolydian by Cape Breton fiddlers, with whom the tune is very popular. See also the related "Irvine Steeple."

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914–1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Caplan, Cape Breton's Magazine, issue 38, 1985; p. 19. Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald: A Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1997; No. 115, p. 47. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 109.

Recorded sources: Celtic CX 005, Decca 14030, Angus Allan Gillis (c. 1936, who recorded it in the key of D). Celtic CX 14, Dan Joe MacInnis – "The Scottish Fiddle of..." (1963). Little Jack MacDonald (recorded in the key of D). Marquis 81245 2, David Greenberg & Doug MacPhee – "Tunes Until Dawn." Nimbus 5383, Buddy MacMaster – "Traditional Music from Cape Breton Island" (1993). RDRC 850, Raymond Ellis – "Dedicated to Mom and Dad" (1994). WRC1 1273, Glendale Massed Fiddlers.

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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