Annotation:Neil R. MacDonald's Strathspey

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NEIL R. MACDONALD STRATHSPEY. Canadian, Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by the fiddler-composer Dan R. MacDonald (1911–1976) of Inverness, Nova Scotia. Neil R. MacDonald was a fine musician friend of his, but no relation. Paul Cranford notes that Cape Breton fiddlers play the low 'G' note as a 'natural' note i.e. not sharp. See also Dan R.'s composition "Mrs. Neil R. MacDonald."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald & Cameron (The Heather Hill Collection), 1989; p. 43. Cape Breton's Magazine, Issue 53, 1990; p. 17.

Recorded sources: Linus Enteratainment, Ashley MacIsaac – "Fine Thank You Very Much" (1998). Rounder SS-0145, Carl MacKenzie (Nova Scotia) – "Traditional Music on Rounder: A Sampler" (1981). Rounder 7039, Carl MacKenzie – "Traditional Fiddle Music of Cape Breton vol. 3: Bras d'Or House" (2008. Various artists).

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

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