Pipe Major Jim Christie of Wick

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PIPE MAJOR JIM CHRISTIE OF WICK. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Pipe March or Reel. Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Perlman): AABB’CCDD’ (Martin). One of the earlier compositions by Scottish fiddler and composer Addie Harper of Wick, Caithness, northern Scotland. The title honors Jim Christie [1] (1908–1988), founder and Pipe Major of the Wick Girls' Pipe Band who toured in Scotland and abroad. Harper says: "He was a very good friend and I relied upon him greatly for musical information." The tune was introduced to Canadian fiddling by Cape Breton fiddle master Buddy MacMaster.

The Wick Girls' Pipe Band, c. 1960. Jim Christie is seated on right.



Source for notated version: Gus Longaphie (b. 1914, Little Harbor, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Harper (My Fiddle and Me), 1998; p. 3. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 3), 1988; p. 43. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 105.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]




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