Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Boston

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SANDY MACINTYRE'S TRIP TO BOSTON. AKA - “Trip to Boston.” Canadian, Reel. Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A popular reel composed by Cape Breton fiddler John Campbell (1929-2010) for his friend Sandy MacIntyre. According to Clyde Curley in The Portland Collection, Campbell happened to be in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with MacIntyre (who had just returned from a trip to Boston) soon after he composed the tune. Upon hearing it, MacIntyre immediately admired it and said “That’s a great tune. Why don’t you name it after me?” MacIntyre himself is a fiddler born in Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, who now resides in Etobicoke, Ontario, where he remains an avid proponent of Cape Breton-style fiddling. Perlman (1996) states the tune was introduced to Prince Edward Island in the 1970s and has become so popular it is almost considered one of the “good old tunes.” Paul Stewart Cranford suggests the tune “may very well be the most popular Cape Breton fiddle tune of all time.”
John Campbell

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Tim Woodbridge [Phillips]; Carl & Jackie Webster (Cardigan, Central Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources : - Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 88. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 214. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 174.

Recorded sources: - Car, Whitesides & Johnson - “Live from Contrafornia.” Culburnie Records CUL102c, Alasdair Fraser & Jody Stecher – “The Driven Bow” (1988). Rounder 7003, John Campbell - "Cape Breton Violin Music" (1976). Rounder 7006, Theresa & Marie MacLellan - "Trip to Mabou Ridge" (1979). Rounder CD 11661-7033-2, Natalie MacMaster – “My Roots are Showing” (2000). Wildcat Records WILDCD 101, Ronan Martin – “Ronan Martin” (2008).

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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