MacDonald's March (The)

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MACDONALD'S MARCH, THE. Scottish, March (2/4 time) or Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Ross): AABB' (Perlman): AABBCC (Kerr): AA'BBCC' (Hart & Sandall). The melody entered French-Canadian tradition either through Cape Breton sources, especially fiddler Joseph Cormier, or from Don Messer's recordings. Hart & Sandall call it "a recent arrival" to Quebec tradition, and it is usually nowadays played as a reel and not a march.

Source for notated version: Johnny Morrissey (1913-1994, Newtown Cross & Vernon River, Queens County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]; accordion and piano player Denis Pépin {Breakeyville, near Québec City} [Hart & Sandell].

Printed sources: Hart & Sandall (Danse ce Soir), 2000; No. 69, p. 104 (appears as "MacDonald's"). Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 3; No. 423, p. 47. Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 98 (appears as "The MacDonalds"). Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 180, p. 124. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 93. William Ross (Ross's Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 16, p. 67.

Recorded sources: La Bottine souriante - "Tout comme au jour de l'an" (1987). Nightingale - "Sometimes when the Moon is High" (1996). Maggie's Music MM107, "Music in the Great Hall" (1992).

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