Null thar nan eileanan
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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 similar, perhaps cognate, melody.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: 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: Maggie's Music MMCD222, Bonnie Rideout - "Scottish Fire" (2000).
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index