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X:1 T:Over the Isles to America M:C L:1/8 R:Pipe Reel B:William Ross -- Ross's Collection of Pipe Music (1869, No. 128, p. 107) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amix g|f2 df cA e2|cAAc e2 eg|f2 df eAg2|BGGB d2dg| f2 df cA e2|cAAc e2 eg|faed cA g2|BGGB d2d|| g|faed cAAf|eAcA e2 eg|faed cAAc|dBGB d2dg| faed cAAf|eAcA e2 eg|faed cA g2|BGGB d2d|| g|fded cA a2|cAAc e2 eg|fded cA g2|BGGB d2dg| fded cA a2|cAAc e2 eg|faed cA g2|BGGB d2d|| g|fAeA fAeA|cAAc e2 eg|fAeA fAeA|BGGB d2 dg| fAeA fAeA|cAAc e2 ea|fded cA g2|BGGB d2e||



NULL THAR NAN EILEANUN (Over the Isles to America). AKA - "America (1)." Scottish (originally), Cape Breton; Pipe Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB' (Athole): ABCD (Ross): AA'BBCCDE (Skye). The tune has been attributed to the 18th century John Riddel, the Blind Fiddler of Ayr, while MacDonald (Skye Collection) attributes the pipe setting to Jenny Cameron. See also Jane Morison's different air of the same name, "Over by the Islands to America we go." "Lasses of Stewarton" is a cognate melody, published earlier in fiddle versions.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Cranford (The Cape Breton Highland Collection), 2015; No. 97, p. 51. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 69. William Ross (Ross's Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 128, p. 107. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 10.

Recorded sources : - Lismor Recordings LILP5099, Ron Gonnella - "Scottish Fiddle Master" (1980). Lough Records 009CD, Boys of the Lough - "Twenty" (2005). Maggie's Music MMCD222, Bonnie Rideout - "Scottish Fire" (2000). Smithsonian-Folkways SFW CD 40491, Kinnon Beaton - "The Heart of Cape Breton" (2002. Various artists). Standfast Records PINE 1212, Le Chéile – "Lord Mayo" (1975).

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



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