The Heart of Cape Breton
Fiddle Music recorded Live along the Ceilidh Trail

Produced by Burt Feintuch for the Smithsonian Institute, this is a compilation of live recordings by some of Cape Breton most popular players. Includes Buddy MacMaster, Jackie Dunn, Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert, Kinnon Beaton and Wendy MacIsaac.

To my ears, this is the best recording you'll find of Kinnon Beaton ... he really shines at a dance!

Tune listing.

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My Great Friend John Morris Rankin (Brenda Stubbert)


Pipe Major George Ross' Farewell


Duke of Athole Strathspey

New Bedford

Kitty of Oulart


The Devil in the Kitchen

Track Listing - The Heart of Cape Breton:

1. Brenda Stubbert, fiddle

  • My Great Friend John Morris Rankin (Brenda Stubbert, SOCAN)
  • The Flax in Bloom
  • A Northside Reel

2. Jackie Dunn MacIsaac, fiddle

  • Traditional Strathspey
  • Stumpy
  • Primrose Lass
  • A Bright May Morning

3. Kinnon Beaton, fiddle

  • New Haven Reel
  • Mrs. Norman MacKeigan's Reel (Dan R. MacDonald)
  • Glenquey Reel
  • The High Drive Reel (Gordon Duncan)
  • The Snappy Reel (John Campbell)
  • Miss Jane McInnes-Dandaleith (William Marshall)

4. Jerry Holland fiddle

  • In Memory of Herbie MacLeod (Jerry Holland SOCAN)
  • Christy Campbell
  • Anthony Murray's
  • Bridge of Bamore
  • Arrochar Bridge

5. Buddy MacMaster, fiddle

  • The Way to Judique
  • Compliments to the Boys of the Lough (Frank Ferrel)
  • The Canadian Club Jig (Frank Ferrel)
  • The Hills of Glenorchy
  • Walking the Floor


6. Wendy MacIsaac, fiddle

  • Pipe Major George Ross' Farewell to the Black Watch March (William Lawrie)
  • Duke of Athole Strathspey
  • Tibby Fowler of the Glen
  • Traditional Strathspey
  • Creignish Hills (Rev. Hugh A. MacDonald)
  • Sandy Cameron
  • The Straw Man

7. Kinnon Beaton, fiddle

  • Kitty of Oulart -
  • Traditional Jig
  • Inverness Jig
  • Memories of Mac (Jerry Holland, SOCAN)
  • Little House Round the Corner (J. Hand)
  • Money in Both Pockets
  • The Jumpy Jig

8. Buddy MacMaster, fiddle

  • The Rosebud of Allenvale (J. Scott Skinner) -
  • Tom Dey (J. Scott Skinner) -
  • Miss Dale
  • Maggie Cameron
  • The Devil in the Kitchen
  • The Margaree Reel
  • St. Kilda Wedding
  • Elizabeth's Big Coat
  • Bridge of Bamore

9. Kinnon Beaton, fiddle

  • Thomas MacDonnell's Strathspey (Donald Angus Beaton)
  • Traditional PIpe Reel -
  • Mrs. Norman MacKeigan's Reel (Dan R. MacDonald, SOCAN)
  • New Bedford Reel

10. Wendy MacIsaac fiddle

  • The Short Grass Jig
  • The Braes of Elchies Jig
  • Capers
  • Gallagher's Jig
  • The Pibroch of Donald Dubh


11. Kinnon Beaton

  • Michael Rankin's Reel (John Morris Rankin SOCAN)
  • Pretty Marion
  • Wesley Gillis Reel (Kinnon Beaton SOCAN)
  • The Marquis of Tullybardine
  • The Black Cock's Will
  • Colonel Thornton
  • Over the Isles to America
  • Johnny Muise's Reel (Jerry Holland SOCAN)
  • Tom Rae (Dan R. MacDonald. SOCAN)
  • Brenda Stubbert's Reel (Jerry Holland SOCAN)
  • The Weasel (John Morris Rankin, SOCAN)

12. Brenda Stubbert, fiddle

  • Traditional Strathspey
  • The Devil in the Kitchen (W. Ross)
  • Calum Crubach
  • Donnacha's Favourite (Paddy O'Brien)
  • The Mortgage Burn (Gordon MacLean, SOCAN)
  • Morgan MacQuarrie (Brenda Stubbert, SOCAN)
  • The Grey Bob
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