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WHISKEY JIG. AKA and see “Harbor Lights Jig (2),” "Marie's Family." Canadian, Jig. Canadal; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCC (Dunlay & Greenberg): AABB'CC (Dunlay & Reich): AA’BB’CC (Cranford, Perlman). A popular jig among Cape Breton fiddlers. The alternate names for the tune, “Harbor Lights Jig (2)” and “Marie's Family,” are Cape Breton titles (the former from The Five MacDonalds, the latter from Dan Joe MacInnis).

Source for notated version: Donald Angus Beaton (Mabou, Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg, Dunlay & Reich]; fiddler Brenda Stubbert (b. 1959, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) [Cranford]; Stephen Toole (1927-1995, Green Road, Queens County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Cranford (Brenda Stubbert’s), 1994; No. 129, p. 45. Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; p. 115. Dunlay & Reich (Traditional Celtic Fiddle Music from Cape Breton), 1986; p. 76. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 125.

Recorded sources: Celtic CX 43, SCX 57, Johnny Wilmot "The Fiddlers of Cape Breton" (various artists){appears as 2nd in "Cape Breton Favorite Jigs" medley}. DAB4 1985, Donald Angus Beaton "A Musical Legacy" (1985). Gael-Linn CEFCD 165, Máire O'Keeffe - "Cóisir/House Party" (1994). Rodeo Banff RBS 1066, Dan Joe MacInnis "The Cape Breton Fiddle Of..." (appears as "Marie's Family").

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Hear Máire O'Keeffe's recording on youtube.com [2]
See a standard notation transcription of Donal Angus Beaton's version of the jig [3]
Hear a recording of Donald Angus Beaton playing the tune at the Celtic Music Interpretive Center's site [4]




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