Sandy Cameron (Reel)

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X:1 T:Sandy Cameron M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:James Betts - A Collection of Pipe Music (1899, No. 46) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amix cAAA cAAA|cAAc BBfe|cAAA eAcg|BGGB d2 fe| cAAA cAAa|cAAc BBfe|cAcA eAcg|BGGB d2 fe|| a2 ef edcA|agae g2 fg|a2 ef edcg|BGGB d2 fe| a2 ef edcA|agae g2 fg|agfa egdg|BGGB d2 ed|| ceAe ceAa|ceAc BBfe|ceAe ceAg|BGGB d2 fe| ceAe ceAa|ceAc BBfe|ceef eAcg|BGGB d2 fe|| c<cac c<cec|c<cac cc g2|c<cac ccec|BGGB d2 ed| c<cac c<cec|c<cac cc g2|agfa egdg|BGGB d2 ed||



SANDY CAMERON. Scottish, Canadian; (Pipe) Reel (whole and cut time). Canada, Cape Breton. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Cranford/Holland): AABCCD. This bagpipe tune is old standard and in Cape Breton is often played following "Dusky Meadow" (a strathspey composed by Donald MacLellan) in imitation of the classic recording of the two tunes by Bill Lamey (1914-1991) and Joe MacLean (Dunlay & Greenberg, Dunlay & Reich). It was one of the most popular Cape Breton 78 RPM disks, according to Paul Cranford, who points attention to “pianist Lila Hashem’s well-timed glissandos at the end of phrases.” Cape Breton piper Barry Shears (1995) finds this reel associated with the Scottish composer Alex Cameron (1848-1923), from a renowned piping family. See the pipe reel "Sandy Cameron's Rant," which may be an older version of the reel, but with enough differences to warrant a separate entry.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Ashley MacIsaac (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg].

Printed sources : - James Betts (A Collection of Pipe Music), 1899; No. 46. Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music from Cape Breton), 1996; p. 60. Dunlay and Reich (Traditional Celtic Fiddle Music from Cape Breton), 1986; p. 41.

Recorded sources: - A & M Records 79602 2000-2 or AMI 92 EMI 94, Ashley MacIssac - “Close to the Floor” (1992). Atlantica Music 02 77657 50222 26, Ashley MacIssac - “Atlantic Fiddles” (1994). Audat 477-9010, Lee Cremo - “And the Eastern Variation.” Celtic 51, "This is Sydney; "Celtic CX 1, Bill Lamey & Joe MacLean - "Cape Breton Violins" (various artists); Celtic 43: all featuring Bill Lamey and Joe MacLean. Greentrax CDTRAX 9009, Donald MacDonell (1882-1967) - “Scottish Tradition 9: The Fiddler and his Art” (1993). Nimbus NI 5383, “Cape Breton Island Festival group.” Rounder 82161-7032-2, Bill Lamey – “From Cape Breton to Boston and Back: Classic House Sessions of Traditional Cape Breton Music 1956-1977” (2000). Rounder Records 7057, Jerry Holland – “Parlor Music” (2005). Wildcat Records WILDCD 101, Ronan Martin – “Ronan Martin” (2008).

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Hear Bill Lamey and MacLean's 78 RPM recording at Juneberry 78's [2]
See Paul Cranford's standard notation of the Cape Breton version [3]



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