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MAGGIE CAMERON. Scottish, (Pipe) Strathspey. A Major (Hunter): A Mixolydian (Martin, Skinner). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hunter, Skinner): ABCD (Martin). A pipe strathspey published in the 19th century collections of William Ross, Logan, and in the Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Tunes and Donald McPhedran's collection (p. 6). It is an often-printed tune in pipe repertory and appears in at least a dozen other collections. The tune is also popular among Cape Breton fiddlers, after J. Scott Skinner's fiddle adaptation of the pipe tune. An earlier version of "Maggie Cameron" can be found in Glasgow piper, pipe teacher and pipe-maker William Gunn's 1848 collection under the title "Willie Roy's Loomhouse," and that a related reel goes by the name "Old Men at the Loom." The latter is quite a bit simpler and, presumably, he says, is a still earlier version. J. Scott Skinner, in Harp and Claymore (1904), and, in his manuscript copy, directs: "Press hard with the fingers, and don't omit the wee notes or fluttering leaves. Give one bow to each bar as a rule."

Source for notated version: Arthur S. Robertson (Shetland) [Hunter].

Printed sources: Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 139. Logan's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Book 2, c. 1900; No. 45, p. 30. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle vol. 3), 1988; p. 17. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 115.

Recorded sources: Olympic 6151, Arthur S. Robertson - "Scottish Traditional Fiffle Music" (1978). Victor 216553B (78 RPM), Canadian National Railways Band (1930).

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]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [3]
See Skinner's handwritten music manuscript at the University of Aberdeen's Skinner site [4]




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