Donald Angus Beaton - Live at the House


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Donald Angus Beaton (1912-1982) was one of the most influential Cape Breton dance fiddlers of his generation. His tasty settings of tunes and great rhythm along with the lift in his music made him constantly in demand for square dancing . This recording has been assembled from home recordings made in the 1970s. It includes many of the classics of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddling in medleys alongside of his own compositions ( tunes often mistaken for 'traditional')

Piano accompaniment by his wife Elizabeth.


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Donald Angus' compositions are found in
The Beaton Collection

Liner Notes

1. Key A - strathspeys and reels

  • Highlander's Farewell to Ireland (strathspey)
  • Beaton's Delight (Donald Angus Beaton - strathsey)
  • Joey Beaton's Reel (Donald Angus Beaton)
  • Col. Thornton's Reel
  • Scotsville Reel (Allan MacFarlane)
  • Over the Isles to America

2. Jigs in A

3. More reels in A

4. Key C and A minor - strathspeys and Reels

  • The Bridge of Ballater
  • Rochiemurchus Rant
  • Lady Loudon (strathspeys)
  • Fife Hunt (Wm. Gow) - reel
  • The White Crow
  • The Bird's Nest
  • The Drummer
  • MacKinnon's other Rant
  • Sleepy Maggie

5. Key C jigs

  • The Broken Lantern
  • Sandy John's
  • Rolling off a Log
  • The Orange and Blue
  • The New Rigged Ship
  • Go to the Devil, and Shake Yourself

6. Key A minor and A major - strathspeys and reels

  • King George V
  • King George
  • Miss Lyall ( strathspeys)
  • Joey Beaton's Reel (Donald Angus Beaton)
  • Beaton's Delight (Donald Angus Beaton - reel)
  • Hamish the Carpenter
  • Put me in the Big Box
  • Miss Wedderburns
  • The Lea Rig
  • The Yetts of Muckart
  • Traditional Laddie

7. Reels in G

8. Pipe jigs

  • The Highlanders Jig
  • Bill Lamey's Jig (Donald Angus Beaton)
  • Mrs. MacDonald
  • Little Pickle ( Joseph Lowe)
  • A Donald Angus Gem

9. Key G strathspeys and Reels

  • Donside
  • The Duke of Gordon (William Marshall)
  • Money Musk (Daniel Dow)
  • Lady Georgina Campbell
  • The Night the Goats came Home

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