Another Side Of Cape Breton

By Johnny Wilmot

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“Johnny Wilmot: Another Side of Cape Breton”

A fabulous and generous person, great stories, great tunes, and I feel lucky to have shared some time and stories and tunes with this sweet this man and his lovely wife…

Sadly this recording it currently out of circulation, but I am hoping Paul Cranford will make it available again soon.

“Johnny Wilmot: Another Side of Cape Breton” ~ crediting the other musicians present

Apologies this wasn’t done sooner, but I had given mine away and only just recently managed to purchase a replacement. Here is the information from the liner notes on the other musicians present for this recording…

Johnny Wilmot ~ fiddle, every track

Mildred Leadbeater ~ piano
on the Rodeo tracks ~ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17

Margaret MacPhee ~ piano
on the Celtic LP tracks ~ 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 18, 21, 22, 23
& including:

Tommy Basker ~ harmonica
Chris Langan ~ whistle
Bill Legere ~ upright bass
Bill MacDonald ~ guitar

John Angus Kennedy ~ guitar
on the Celtic 78s tracks ~ 8, 19, 20

“Johnny Wilmot: Another Side of Cape Breton”

Breton Books & Music,
Wreck Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Notes: “Another Side of Cape Breton” is the best studio recordings of fiddler Johnny Wilmot and friends. These extraordinary examples of Cape Breton fiddle tradition are rooted in the house parties and dances of Cape Breton’s Northside. Wilmot’s music is driving, emotional, and absolutely unbeatable. These cuts are a rare and terrific find.

Digitally remastered for CD from the original mastesr plus three extremely rare 78s. Every effort has been made to get the best possible reproduction. Johnny Wilmot is back!

~ Our thanks to Frank and Margaret Swain of Holborne Records, and to Ernest Lyons at Holborne for preparating the production master. Digital editing by Paul M. MacDonald and Chuck O’Hara. “Another Side of Cape Breton” was compiled by Paul Cranford, Paul MacDonald, and Ronald Caplan. Photo courtesy of Doub MacPhee.

Cape Breton’s Magazine

Most of the musical profiles in this periodical were published in one handy book, “Talking Cape Breton Music,” that’s well worth having. It includes the Johnny Wilmot piece. To find specific articles the website takes a fair bit of trawling, to use an aptly maritime term. Often the volume index will leave out specific articles for some reason.

One very interesting article that didn’t make it into the book was “Michael Coleman: A Cape Breton Irish Connection”: It’s Paul Cranford discoursing about MC’s influence in CB. There’s an index by subject with entries for “music” and “music - fiddle” that’ll find you most of the stuff about violinists, as Marie MacLellan insists we term them.

Track 12, tune 2 — unnamed Gmaj jig

Here is an .ABC transcription of the nameless Gmaj jig that is the second tune in the set on the twelfth track. It follows the four-part “King Jig,” given on this album as “The King’s Jig” and also known as “Miss Monroe’s.” ( )

In melodic content, the nameless jig starts out as a dead ringer for how Wilmot plays some of “The King’s,” even though it swiftly departs in contour following the opening few bars.

All of the tracks that were remastered and reissued on “Another Side of Cape Breton” can also be found on the earlier Rodeo Records LP “Fiddling to Fortune.” (RLP 47 – and )

R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GAG AGA | Bcd efg | dcB AGA | BGF E2D |
GAG AGA | Bcd efg | dcB AGA | BGG G2D |
GAG AGA | Bcd efg | dcB AGA | BAG E2D |
GAG AGA | Bcd efg | dcB AGA | BGG GBd ||
gfe dBd | efg ~a3 | gfe dBG | AGF E2D |
gfe dBd | efg age | dBG ABc | BGG G3 |
gfe dBd | efg a>ba | gfe dBG | AGF E2D |
gfe dBd | efg age | dBG ABc | BGG G2D ||

From Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index: