John Campbell - Cape Breton Violin Music

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NOTE: All tunes on this recording are transcribed in a new book "The Music of John Campbell: A Cape Breton Legacy" compiled by George Ruckart

This long play CD includes all of John's classic 1976 Rounder label CD plus another 8 tracks selected from John's independent LP releases made during the '80s.

The music is powerfully played and the groupings are traditional in both style and content. A number of Campbell originals are included - all blend seamlessly with the older music.

Selected MP3 sound clips

Harbourview (E minor jig by John Campbell) - mp3

Compliments to Margaret MacPhee (by John Campbell) - reel - mp3

Sheriff Muldoon - G jig - mp3

Phones Lodge - A strathspey - mp3

I'll go nae Mair to Yon Toun - G reel (mp3)

Niel Gow's Fiddle (Nathaniel Gow) / Compliments to My Wife Bea (by John Campbell) D strathspeys mp3

John Campbell Jr's Reel (by John Campbell) - 4 part A reel - mp3

Notation for 25 tunes (including the tunes above) supplied as a single John Campbell
ABC file

The selections:

From Cape Breton Violin Music,
Rounder 7003 (complete):
(with Doug MacPhee, piano)

1. Glasgow Caledonian Strathspey and Reel Society (Angus Fichet)*, Mrs. Greig's--strathspeys; Pottinger's (Tom Anderson), A Winston Tune in F, Inverness Lasses (Simon Fraser)--reels

2. The Miller O' Drone (Nathaniel Gow); Pretty Marion--strathspeys; Cape Breton Rigs** , Dan J. Campbell's Reel (John Campbell, SOCAN)--reels

 3. A Mabou Strathspey on D--strathspey; Donald MacGugan's Rant, Loch Madey, Lady Harriet's--reels

4. Wilfred's Fiddle Jig (Dan R. MacDonald, SOCAN), The Harbourview Jig (John Campbell, SOCAN)

5. Miss Stewart (William Marshall), The Duke of Gordon's Birthday (William Marshall)--strathspeys; Lord Seaforth, The Primrose Lass--reels

6. Highland Dress and Armour (Simon Fraser), Rothiemurchus Rant-- strathspeys; The Fife Hunt (William Gow), The Tin Wedding--reels

7. Cooley's, Sweet Molly, Glenora (John Campbell, SOCAN)--reels

8. The Honorable Miss Elspeth Campbell (T. Douglas)--pipe march; The Golden Anniversary Strathspey (John Campbell, SOCAN); MacLain of Loch Buie, The Yetts of Muckart (James Stewart Robertson) --reels

9. Sheriff Muldoon, Maid on Green, Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part--jigs

10. Nathaniel Gow (Duncan MacIntyre), Mrs. Henry Lumsden of Tillwhilly's (William Marshall)--strathspeys; Miss Watt, Whiddon's Hornpipe--reels

11. The Haughs of Cromdale--strathspey; Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Boston (John Campbell, SOCAN), Carleen's (John Campbell, SOCAN)--reels

12. Allowa Kirk (Joseph Lowe), Traditional Strathspey in G--strathspeys; Brendan's (John Campbell, SOCAN), West Mabou--reels

From Heritage Remembered, JC-123:
(with Doug MacPhee, piano) 

13. Sir Harry's Welcome Home (Peter Hardie), Stumpie--strathspeys; I'll Gang Nae Mair to Yon Town, The Night We Had the Goats--reels

14. O'er the Muir, Amang the Heather--air with variations, Traditional Strathspey from Duncan MacQuarrie, Traditional Strathspey from Dan J. Campbell--strathspeys; Whycocomagh Bay (Gordon MacQuarrie), Wedderburn House (Abraham McIntosh)-- reels

From Cape Breton Violin, JC- 124:
(with Doug MacPhee, piano;
Edmond Boudreau, bass)

 15. Neil Gow's Fiddle (Nathaniel Gow), Compliments to My Wife Bea (John Campbell, SOCAN)-- strathspeys; Compliments to Margaret MacPhee (John Campbell, SOCAN), The Snappy (John Campbell, SOCAN)--reels

 From The Sound of Cape Breton, JC-125:
with Doug MacPhee, piano
Edmond Boudreau, guitar

16. Silver Star Hornpipe, The Gerard Heintzman (Joey Beaton, SOCAN), Walker Street--reels

17. New Waterford Coal Mines-- strathspey; A Dan J. Campbell Specialty, John Campbell, Jr. (John Campbell, SOCAN)--reels

18. The Shetland Fiddlers Society (Ronald Cooper)--strathspey; Evening Tide, Miss Susan Cooper (Ronald Cooper) -- reels

From The Gathering of the Clans, JC-127:

(with Margaret Campbell, piano)

19. The Stage Hornpipe, Compliments to my Mother (John Campbell, SOCAN); Cutty Sark, The Four Hand Reel

20. Phone's Lodge Strathspey; Three Traditional Reels, The Campbell Brothers

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