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OLD TIME WEDDING REEL [2]. AKA and see "Hamish the Carpenter," "Och a chaillain." Canadian, Reel. Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Dunlay & Reich, Perlman): AABB (Shears): AABBAAB'B' (Dunlay & Greenberg). A frequently played reel by Cape Breton musicians, often in a medley with the other "Old Time Wedding" reels, in imitation of the influential recording by Dan J. Campbell and Angus Allan Gillis. Dunlay & Greenberg (1996) point out this is a good reel for two fiddles to double on, since the 'B' part can be played high and low in first position. MacMaster's version illustrates this in four parts, with one low 'B' part and one high (part 'D'). The reel was set for pipes by Barry Shears in his Gathering of the Clans Collection (1986).

Source for notated version: Buddy MacMaster (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg]; Gus Longaphie (North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; p. 45. Dunlay & Reich (Traditional Celtic Fiddle Music of Cape Breton), 1986; p. 43. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 95. Shears (Gathering of the Clans Collection, vol. 1), 1986; p. 53 (pipe setting. Appears as "The Wedding Reel").

Recorded sources: JC 126, John Campbell- "Cape Breton on the Floor" (1981). Celtic 011 (78 RPM) CX011, CX 1, "Dan J. Campbell and Angus Allan Gillis" (1930's). CLM8, Carl MacKenzie - "Cape Breton Fiddle Medleys" (1996). Culburnie Records CUL102c, Alasdair Fraser & Jody Stecher - "The Driven Bow" (1988). IMS-WRC1-618, Hector MacKenzie - "Highland Village Ceilidh" (appears as 3rd reel in "Square Set"). Marimac 6501, Gus Longaphie - "The Old Time Fiddlers of P.E.I." (1993. Appears as "Hamish the Carpenter"). Paddledoo Music PAD 105, Jerry Holland & Alasdair Fraser - "Scottish Fiddle Rally, Concert Highlights 1985-1995" (1996. Appears as "Traditional Reel"). Rounder C-7013, Joe Cormier - "Old Time Wedding Reels" (1992. Appears as 2nd of "Old Time Wedding Reels"). Sea-Cape Music ACR4-12940, Buddy MacMaster - "Judique on the Floor" (1989. Appears as "Traditional Reel"). Smithsonian Folkways Records, SFW CD 40507, The Beaton Family of Mabou - "Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music" (2004). Boys of the Lough - "Welcoming Paddy Home" (1986). WMT002, Wendy MacIsaac - "That's What You Get" (1998? Appears as "Herman the Carpenter").

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]




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