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OVER THE CABOT TRAIL JIG. Canadian, Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Mabou Coal Mines, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, blacksmith and fiddler Donald Angus Beaton (1912-1981), an exemplar of the Mabou Coal Mines style of fiddling.

Donald Angus Beaton

The Cabot Trail is a spectacularly scenic route through Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, named for the explorer John Cabot (who, while he explored for the English, was a Portugeuse named Cabato).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Shears (Gathering of the Clans Collection, vol. 1), 1986; p. 75.

Recorded sources: Rounder 7011, "The Beatons of Mabou: Scottish Violin Music from Cape Breton" (1978). Rounder 7038, Willie Kennedy & Morgan MacQuarrie - "Traditional Fiddle Music of Cape Breton, vol. 2: The Rover's Return" (2002. Various artists).

See also listing at:
Hear a clip of the Beatons of Mabou playing the tune [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Hear/see a clip of Kinnon, Andrea and Elizabeth Beaton playing the tune on youtube.com [3]




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