Joe MacLean

Rounder Records

In the '50s and '60s Joe MacLean made a number of influential recordings. This new CD, Old Time Scottish Fiddle Music from Cape Breton Island was recorded in 1977, but has only recently been released. As with all of Joe's recordings, the repertoire is inspiring - a high percentage of seldom heard tunes, mostly ones interpreted from old Scottish books.

Tune listing. ................

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A Dancing Strathspey


Margaret MacDonald's Delight

Atholian Hills


Miss Gordon's


Inverness Strathspey


The Bonnie Lass of Headlake


Joe had one of the best libraries of old Scottish books in Cape Breton and fortunately for all of us, he was generous with his music during his lifetime. His books are now available to the public in the Highland Village Archives (Iona, Cape Breton).




Joe MacLean and Bill Lamey circa 1950

Tune Listing

1. Nancy

2. i. Inverness Strathspey (by Wm.Morrison)

ii. Margaret MacDonald's Delight Reel

iii. Atholian Hills

iv. Miss Proud


3. i. Mabou Jig

ii. Orange and Blue

iii. Annie Golletti ... Little Judique Donald


4. i.Duke of Gordon's Birthday

ii.Green Grow the Rushes

iii. King of the Clans


5. Memories of Joe MacInnis

Untitled strathspey


Stephanie Marie MacLean (Dan. R. MacDonald)

Foxie Mary (aka Roaring Mary)


6. Captain Campbell of Melford

1:27 Mrs. MacDonald

2:56 Untitled Jig (Maybe Dan R.)


7. The Bonnie Lass of Headlake (Gordon MacQuarrie) march

2:44 Miss Stewart Menzies

3:48 A Dancing Strathspey (maybe composed by Joe)

4:31 Miss Gordon's Reel

5: 24 ...traditional

6 Dolmar Reel (Dan R. MacDonald)


8. Mr. Able Banks

The Tweedale Club (Nathaniel Gow)

Lady Gordon of Gordonstown

3:37 Miss Jean Aberdeen

4:28 Mrs Campbell of Lochnell (Robert MacIntosh)

b 2:10 traditional

c. Kelvack (sometimes high bass)

d. traditional

e the Old Bog Hole


9. Fiddlers Joy

Charlie Hunter (Bobby MacLeod

Joe's Favourite Jig

Visits With Joe MacLean

Old Bog Hole

11. Kitchen Party Medley

i. Viscountess Duncan (marching air)

ii. strathspey ...Mr. MacAndrew

iii. Jenny Pippin

iv. trad reel

v The Trussel Reel

vi. Wedderburn House, (Abraham MacIntosh)

vii. General Stewart

viii. Uist Lasses

ix. Sir David Davidson (Lowe)

x. Your Welcome Charlie

xi. MacKenzie Fraser (Skinner) Scottish Maker

xii Donald MacGuigan

xiii Steer Gill

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