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MISS BETTY ANN GORDON. Canadian, Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Dunlay & Greenberg (1996) say the origins of the tune are obscure. It was learned by Buddy MacMaster from Dan R. MacDonald, whose father (John ‘the Carpenter’ MacDonald, d. 1930) played the tune, and suggest that the elder MacDonald picked it up while working in the woods in Pictou County. Winston Fitzgerald wrote out the music for Sandy macIntyre with the above title. It is sometimes paired with the A Dorian setting of “Pigeon on the Gate (2)."

Dan R. MacDonald



Source for notated version: Paddy LeBlac (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg].

Printed sources: Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music from Cape Breton), 1996; p. 65.

Recorded sources: CLM Carl MacKenzie 1006 - “Celtic Ceilidh” (1987). Celtic CX 29, CX 51, BDMF 5-7009, Paddy (“Scotty”) LeBlanc - “This is Sydney,” “The Fiddling French Canadian Scot,” “The Best Damn Fiddling in the World.”

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




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