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WELCOME TO THE TROSSACKS. AKA - "Welcome to the Trossachs." Canadian, March (2/4 or cut time). Canada, Nova Scotia. A Mixolydian (Shears): A Major (Cranford/Holland). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Shears): AABBCCDD’ (Cranford/Holland). Composed by fiddler Wilfred Gillis (1923-2002) of Arisaig, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, one of the original members of the Cape Breton Symphony, a traditional group playing dance music. Gillis came from a long line of traditional musicians, some eight generations and was a Gaelic speaker. Trossacks is a place in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 8, p. 4. Shears (Gathering of the Clans Collection, vol. 1), 1986; p. 32.

Recorded sources: Natalie MacMaster – “In My Hands.” Barry Shears - "A Cape Breton Piper" (1999).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
See Paul Cranford's transcription [2]




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