Baddeck Gathering (The)
BADDECK GATHERING, THE. Canadian, Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Little): ABB' (Cranford): AA'BB' (Shears). Composed by Pipe Major A. 'Piper Alex' MacDonald (b. 1893, Cape Breton), who moved to the Windsor, Ontario/Detroit, Michigan area. Baddeck is a town in Cape Breton on the shore of the great Bras d'Or, and the tune was composed in commemoration of a regatta held there in 1932 (Shears). Cape Breton fiddler Johnny Wilmot (1916–1993) recorded the tune in the early 1950's.
Sources for notated versions: Cape Breton style fiddler Harvey Tolman (Nelson, N.H.) [Little]; fiddler Brenda Stubbert (b. 1959, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) [Cranford].
Printed sources: Cranford (Brenda Stubbert's Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1994; No. 111, pg. 39. Little (Scottish and Cape Breton Fiddle Music in New Hampshire), 1984; pgs. 14–15. MacQuarrie (Cape Breton Collection of Scottish Melodies), 1940; p. 48. Shears (Gathering of the Clans Collection), 1986; pg. 68.
Recorded sources: CAT-WMR004, Wendy MacIssac – "The 'Reel' Thing" (1994).
X: 1 T: The Baddeck Gathering C: Pipe Major Alexander S. MacDonald R: jig, march B: MacQuarrie Collection, Little p.14, Gathering of Clans p.68, BSFC XI-10 D: Harvey Tolman on matching cassette Z: John Chambers <jc:trillian.mit.edu> M: 6/8 L: 1/8 F:http://jc.tzo.net/~jc/music/abc/jig/BaddeckGathering.abc 2010-04-05 14:00:40 UT K: D A| ded fef | d3 d2A | ded fef | a3 a>gf| gag gfg | afd def | efd cdB | ABG ABc | ded fef | d3 d2A | ded fef | a3 a>gf| gag gfg | afd def | efg ABc | d3 d2 || g| faf d2g | faa agf | efg c2g | egg gfe| fga d2g | faa agf | efg ABc | d3 d2 || g| faf d2g | faa agf | efg c2g | egg gfe| fga ABc | dcd BAG | efg ABc | d3 d2 |]