Bridge of Inver (The)
BRIDGE OF INVER, THE. AKA and see "MacIntosh of MacIntosh." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Reel. Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by James Macintosh. James Macintosh (1791-1879) was, according to J. Murray Neil (The Scots Fiddle, 1991), a member of a musical family that produced six skilled fiddlers in three generations. James' father was a contemporary, friend and neighbour of the famous Scots fiddler Niel Gow's in Inver, Dunkeld, Perthshire, and played in the latter's band. James and his brother Charles took lessons from Niel and remained close to the family. James attempted a career as a joiner, explains J. Murray Neil, but, when invited to Edinburgh by the Gow sons to play in their band (the 'Reel players of Scotland', a celebrated string band of up to 20 skilled musicians), he at once departed for the city. In addition to his professional playing, Macintosh established a reputation as a music teacher in Edinburgh and had several compositions printed by Lowe (1840) and later Kerr.
Source for notated version: Kenny Chaisson (b. c. 1947, Bear River, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island; now resides in Rollo Bay) [Perlman].
Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland's Collection), 1995; No. 55, p. 16. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 126. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 114. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 286.
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