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MISS MAXWELL. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Marching Air (4/4 time). Canada; Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’B (Cranford/Hollan): AA’BB’ (Perlman). Composed by William Shepherd (1760-1812), a business partner of Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831), who published two collections of original dance pieces in the late 18th century. Shepherd was an Edinburgh musician and music shop owner, prior to partnering with Gow in publishing. See also "Miss Maxwell’s Fancy" by Nathaniel's brothers John and Andrew Gow, presumably composed for the same individual.
Source for notated version: Allan MacDonald (b. c. 1950, Bangor, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].
Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland’s Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1995; No. 113, p. 33. Shepherd (A Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1793.
Recorded sources: Rounder Records, “Jerry Holland” (1976).
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index