Mike MacDougall’s Tape For Father Hector

By Mike MacDougall

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Mike MacDougall’s Tape for Father Hector

Mike MacDougall - violin
Tim Donovan - guitar

Cape Breton’s Magazine
Wreck Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

http://www.cranfordpub.com/

Mike MacDougall was a hard working fisherman and a damned fine fiddler. He was the main dance fiddler for ‘Down North’ until heart disease took him out of the picture. It devestated his community and it took awhile for them to recover their dance feet again.

This is one of my favourite recordings…

Mike MacDougall ~ Cape Breton’s Magazine

“Cape Breton’s Magazine”
Cape Breton’s Magazine ~ editor & publisher Ronald Caplan
http://capebretonsmagazine.com/

Issue 17 ~ Trap Fishing with Mike MacDougall
http://capebretonsmagazine.com/modules/publisher/item.php?itemid=571&keywords=Mike+MacDougall

Issue 38 ~ From “Mike MacDougall’s Tape for Fr. Hector” w/9 transcriptions from the recording, courtesy of Paul Cranford
http://capebretonsmagazine.com/modules/publisher/item.php?itemid=1794&keywords=Mike+MacDougall

Lord Wellington’s = Sheehan’s

The final tune in the seventh track links incorrectly to "The Galway Rambler," when it should link instead to "Sheehan’s Reel" at https://thesession.org/tunes/1178.

Track 1, third tune — unnamed Gmaj hornpipe

Here is an .ABC transcription of the nameless Gmaj hornpipe that is the third tune in the set on the first track (between "James Gannon" and "Glenbeigh.")

R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: (D<G) Gc BG G2 | BGB<d g2 (3gfg | ecce dBGB | cBA<G A2 D2 |
(D<G) Gc BG G2 | BGB<d g2 (3gfg | ecce dBGB | cAF<A G4 :|
|: g2 g/a/b e2 ef | g2 g/a/b e2 e/f/g | f2 f/g/a d2 ef | gfgb af d2 |
g2 g/a/b e2 ef | g2 g/a/b e2 e/f/g | f2 f/g/a d2 ef | g2 ba g4 :|

Track 1, fourth tune — “Glenbeigh”

Even though it’s not given by name in the cassette list, the fourth tune in the set on the first track is just the B part to the clog/hornpipe/barndance known as "The Curlew Hills," "Morrison’s," or "Glenbeigh." Mike goes straight from one iteration of this B part into "The Gerhard Heintzman Piano."

Here is an .ABC transcription of how Mike plays just the second half of "Glenbeigh."

R: clog
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc |: d2 b2 c2 a2 | B2 gf gdBG | F2 e2 edcA | F2 e2 edBc |
d2 b2 c2 a2 | B2 gf gdBG | F2 e2 edcA | [1 G2 B2 GBBc :| [2 G2 B2 G4 ||