Baddeck Gathering (The)

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 Theme code Index    1H3H1H1H 1H3H5H5H
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    Biography:Pipe Major Alexander 'Piper Alex' MacDonald
 Region    Canada
 Genre/Style    Cape Breton/PEI
 Meter/Rhythm    Jig/Quadrille, March/Marche
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 History    CANADA(Maritimes/English)
 Structure    ABB'
 Editor/Compiler    Gordon F. MacQuarrie
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Cape Breton Collection (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 48
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1940
 Artist    Biography:Wendy MacIsaac
 Title of recording    'Reel' Thing (The)
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    CAT-WMR004
 Year recorded    1994
 Score   ()   

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 <>
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
F:	 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 |]