Theresa Morrison
Laments and Merry Melodies

Theresa's Gaelic accenting could perhaps be compared to Alex Francis MacKay and, like Alex F., she chose pianist Gordon MacLean as her accompanist.

Theresa also has a newer CD.

Titled Lake Bras D'Or, on it she is accompanied by Doug MacPhee.

This is fiddler Theresa Morrison's first recording. Years of experience make her music as flavourful as any you may have heard. The repertoire includes tunes which are ancient as the hills, as well as others that Theresa composed herself. Originally from Washabuck, a community along the shores of the Bras d'or Lakes, seven of her brothers and sisters played the violin, the most well known being her older brother the late Joe MacLean.

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Tune listing.  

Notation Links


Joe MacLean's Birthday


Leo MacLean


A Dancing Strathspey


Crossing the Iona Ferry


Lila Hashem (given as an abc in file below)


Plus 10 more tunes given as ABCs

Theresa Morrison and her brother Joe MacLean, 1959.

1. March strahspeys and reels

Inganess (High Inkster), Druming (Wm. Marshall), traditional strathspey, The Disturber (Theresa Morrison), Kirsty MacFarlane


Goldenrod (Wilfred Gillis), Falling Leaves (Theresa Morrison), The Counress of London (R. MacIntosh)

3. Slow strathspeys, quicksteps & reels

Braes of Auchentyre, James F. Dickie's Delight (J. Murdoch Henderson) Daybreak(Theresa Morrison), Leo Maclean (Theresa Morrison), Crossing the Iona Ferry (Theresa Morrison)

4. Melody & March

My Lodging is on the Cold Ground, The March of the Cameron Men

5. Strathspeys and Reels

Carnegie's Welcome to Scotland, Billy MacKinnons, Arlene Hepburn, Corn Bran

6. Air and Solo Strathspey

My Heart is Broke Since thy Departure (Fraser), Within a Mile of Edinburgh

7. Strathspeys and Reels

Miss Stewart, Neil and Scott Morrison (Theresa Morrison), London Lasses, Lady Jane Neville (Marshall)

8. Jigs

Willie Coleman's, Joe MacLean 's Birthday (Theresa Morrison)

9. Strathspey and Reels

A Dancing Strathspey (Joe MacLean?), Lila Hashem (Theresa Morrison), Point Claire (Theresa Morrison), Sean Rong Mor

10. 6/8 Pipe Marches

Fr. MacMillan (Theresa Morrison), Pibroch of Donald Dhu, The Hundred Pipers

11. Slow air, strathspey and Schottishe

Lochnagar , Lady Isabella Weymess, The Rose Am0ng the Heather

12. Strathspeys & reels

Lady Cunningham of Livingston, John McAlpin, Barra Strait Crossing , Trad Pipe Tune

13. Jigs in Bb

Marchioness of Huntly , Gentle Lady (Theresa Morrison), John MacLean of Detroit (Theresa Morrison)

14. Solo strathspey and air

Francis Sitwell , (Nath Gow), The Duchess of Manchester's Farewell to the Highlands

15. Lament

Lament for Piper Peter Morrison (Theresa Morrison)

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