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X:1 T:Loch Carron C:D.C. Mather M:C| L:1/16 R:Pipe Reel K:Amix a2|A3ce3d cA3 c4|e3AcA3 B3GG3B|A3Bc3d ea3 c4|Bd3G3B e4 A2a2| A3ce3d cB3 c4|f3ecA3 B3GG3B|A3Bc3d ea3 c4|Bd3G3B e4 A2|| e2|a4 e3f a3e c4|e3AcA3 B3GG3B|a4 e3f a3e c4|Bd3G3B e4 A2e2| a4 e3f a3e c4|f3ecA3 B3GG3B|A3Bc3d ea3 c4|Bd3G3B e4 A2|| |:a4|A4 cA3 cB3B3G|Bd3G3B d3Gd3B|A4 cA3 cB3BG3|Bd3G3B e4A2:|| B2|A3ag3f e3AcA3|Aa3cA3 B3GG3B|A3ag3f e3fa3c|Bd3G3B e4 A3B| A3ag3f e3Ac3A|Aa3cA3 B3GG3B|A3Bc3d ea3 c4|Bd3G3B e4 A2||

LOCH CARRON. Scottish, Pipe Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. An early 20th century composition by David Charles "D.C." Mather (1868-1943), a London native (his father was invalided out of the Durham Light Infantry after being wounded in the Crimean War, while his mother was Irish) and graduate of the city's Royal Caledonian Asylum, thus later earning him the nickname “Cockney Piper.” Mather became one of the greatest professional Scottish Highland bagpipers, dancers and athletes of the 1890s. He was Piper to MacDonald of Lunga and later Lady Ann and Mr. Charles Murray of Lochcarron, and took numerous 1st prizes including Gold Medals in pibroch at Oban in 1891 and Inverness in 1894 and 1899. Emigrating to Canada in the first years of the 20th century, he almost immediately moved to the United States where he worked at the Anaconda Mines in Montana. He lived in Butte, Anaconda and Norris, dividing his time between working for the Anaconda Copper Co. and prospecting and mining with several partners.

D.C. Mather in near his mine at Anaconda, 1936

Four and six part versions of the tune exist in pipe repertory.

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

Printed sources : - Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 59, p. 25.

Recorded sources : - HMV B3245 30-2005 BR 2632 II triangle (78 RPM), Pipe Major William Ross (last tune in march-strathspey-reel medley). Rodeo RO-115 (78 RPM), Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald. Tannahill Weavers - "Capernaum."

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Hear the reel played by Pipe Major William "Willie" Ross at Rare Tunes [2] [3] (preceded by "Marchioness of Tullibardine (The)" (March) and "Highland Harry" (Strathspey)).

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