Miss Joan MacDonald (1)

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MISS JOAN MACDONALD [1]. Canadian, Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan R. MacDonald (1911-1976). Joan MacDonald Boes (d. 1998) was a pianist and a member, along with Dan R. MacDonald, of the Detroit-based group The Five MacDonald Fiddlers (Allen, Bernie, Hugh, Johnnie, Archie and Dan MacDonald). Allen was Joan's brother. She was born in Foot Cape, Inverness County, but moved to Detroit, Michigan, as a young woman, some say to study jazz piano. See her most famous composition, the strathspey "Sweetness of Mary (The)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cameron (Trip to Windsor: The Music of Dan R. MacDonald, vol. 2), 1994; p. 8.

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