Daniel Parker’s one hundred and fifty-eight comments

  • Re: Reel Dans ‘La Cuisinière’

    Love this Québécois tune. Joseph Allard recorded a cracking version under the "Quadrille Montcalm" title, in major. more…

  • Re: Donald’s Rant

    I think the first version is the way it's played in Cape Breton, or at least the way fiddler Joe MacLean plays it in a mammoth set on his CD of re-issued recordings. The track in question, which lasts nearly ten minutes, is a house party recording from 19... more…

  • iTunes?

    It appears this album has suddenly and randomly disappeared from iTunes. It just vanished from my iTunes library and I don't see it on the store anymore. The companion CD "It Was Great Altogether" is still there. Does anyone have any info? Thanks. more…

  • Dan Galbey

    This tune was transcribed from the fiddling of Paul Wukitsch on the album "Bras d'Or House". This is yet another offshoot, this time a Scottish and/or Cape Breton one, of the "John Roy Stewart" tune family which includes "Maude Miller" and "Julia Delaney"... more…

  • John Roy Stewart

    This neat little strathspey was composed by Alexander McGlashan and published circa 1780. I transcribed this mainly from the playing of Joe Cormier on the album "Informal Sessions". Note that Cormier plays the first bar as it is usually played, while the ... more…

  • Re: Uploads - Boyle, Casey, Clancy and Doherty

    I wonder if someone could put these up again? I just saw this and obviously the downloads have expired. Would absolutely love to hear these though! more…

  • Miss Johnson Of Pitworth

    This is a Scottish reel composed by James Walker which is popular in Cape Breton. It is the third tune in Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald's famous set "Miss Hutton / The Braes of Tullimet / Miss Johnson of Pitworth". The tune often appears in conjunction with... more…

  • Re: Informal Sessions

    Yet another great album by Joseph Cormier, again available on iTunes. I like the Ador strathspey "Mrs. Grant of Laggan" on the last track with its twists and turns and also "Mr. Barclay", a strathspey in Ddor on track 13. This album also has one of only t... more…

  • Re: Old Time Wedding Reels and Other Favorite Scottish Fiddle Tunes

    Another great album by the late Joseph Cormier that surprisingly isn't on here yet. It's readily available through iTunes. I especially like track 2 which starts out with a strathspey in Cmin/Cdor, something you don't hear too often. The G minor set in Tr... more…

  • Re: Scottish Violin Music from Cape Breton Island

    From the late Joseph Cormier. This is one of the two albums compiled to create "The Dances Down Home", also on this site. RIP Joe. I'm studying in Waltham now; wish I could have seen him. more…