Crònan na Linne Mhuilich
CRÒNAN NA LINNE MHUILICH (The Sound of Mull). AKA and see "Reel (6)." Scottish, Reel. A Dorian (Stewart-Robertson): B Minor (Shears). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Barry Shears says a similar sounding reel can be found in the Edinburgh Collection, Part 5 (c. 1910). His Cape Breton setting is from the music manuscript of piper Captain Angus J. MacNeil, of Gillis Point, Cape Breton, who compiled his work around 1915. According to Shears (1986), MacNeil was an officer-piper with the 94th Regiment, Victoria Battalion, organized for home defense during World War I. His unit had the distinction of being the only British Empire unit with over 80% of its officers and enlisted being Gaelic speakers! There is also a slow air called "Sound of Mull (2)" (Laoidh Chaluim Chille). The Sound of Mull is a the name of the waterway that separates the Island of Mull from the west Scottish mainland, and is the location of numerous shipwrecks, making it a favorite site for recreational divers in modern times.
The tune can be found as an untitled reel in George Farquhar Graham's Celtic Melodies, Being a Collection of Original Slow Highland Airs, Pipe-Reels, and Cainntearachd, vol. 1 (Edinburgh, c. 1830, No. 13, p. 8).
Printed sources: Shears (Gathering of the Clans Collection, vol. 1), 1986; p. 50 (pipe setting). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 45.
Recorded sources: Culburnie 113, Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus - "Return to Kintail." Dorian DOR-90190, Chris Norman, Alasdiar Fraser (et al) - "Beauty of the North." Jackie Dunn - "Dunn to a 'T'." Glen Graham & Amy Graham - "Step Outside."
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index 
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