Miss Ann Moir's Birthday

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MISS ANN MOIR'S BIRTHDAY. Scottish, Canadian; Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Charles Duff and found in the Charles Duff's Selection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jiggs, etc. (c. 1795). Another tune in the collection is titled "Miss Margaret Moir's Strathspey," perhaps named for a sister. The strathspey is popular among Cape Breton fiddlers and has been recorded several times.

Source for notated version: John Campbell (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) [Dunlay and Reich]; Natalie MacMaster (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg].

Printed sources: Duff (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jiggs &c.), 1792; p. 27. Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; p. 91. Dunlay and Reich (Traditional Celtic Fiddle Music of Cape Breton), 1986; p. 59. Appears in William Morrison Collection.[1]

Recorded sources: Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Atlantica 04 50222, NMAS 1972, Natalie MacMaster – "Fit as a Fiddle" (1993). DMP6 27 1, Doug MacPhee – "Cape Breton Piano III" (1981. Appears as "A Duncan MacQuarrie Strathspey"). JC 127, John Campbell – "Cape Breton Violinist" (1983. Appears as "Traditional Strathspey"). SA93130, Donny LeBlanc – “Rosining Up the Bow” (1993).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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  1. This tune does not appear in Morrison's Collection of Highland Music.