A Lifelong Home

By Alex Francis MacKay

  1. Rosin The Bow
    The Pet Of The Pipers
    Wha, Can Help It
  2. Mrs. Forsyth Of Mortlach
    Captain Campbell
    Duke Of Athole
    Marnoch’s
    Glen Rinnes
    Put On The Steam
    Feargan
    Sandy Is My Darling
  3. Memories Of Jim Smith
    Earl Grey
    The Smith’s Burn
  4. Lady Isabella Weymess
    Lady Muir MacKenzie’s Favorite
    Lady Mary Ramsay
    Gan Ainm
    Miss Graham
    Thro’ The Warld Wou’d I Gang We The Lad I Like
    Menzies Rant
  5. The Highland Society Of Scotland
    Bovaglie’s Plaid
    Bognie Brae
    Hoch Hey Johnny Lad
    Lady Elizabeth Lindsay’s
    Marnoch’s
    Florence MacDonald
    The Bishop’s Mitre
  6. Mrs. A. McGlashan
    Miss Sophia Campbell
  7. Coilsfield House
    Reith’s Clarinet
    Mrs. James McInnes’
    Munlochy Bridge
    Highland Donald Kiss’d Kitty
    Cutty Sark
    The Lassie With The Yellow Coatie
    Peggy Menzies
    The Night We Had The Goats
  8. The Chorus
    Christie’s Quickstep
    Catherine MacIsaac’s Wedding Day
  9. Mrs. Stewart Of Inverugie’s
    Craigaillichie Bridge
    The Raven
    Lady Mary Stopford
    The Pitnacree Ferryman
    Loch Glassie
  10. Lady Carolyn Montague
    Welcome To Your Feet Again
    The Tweedale Club
    Rothiemurcus’ Rant
    Braes Of Auchentyre
    Angus Chisholm’s Favourite
  11. Highlands Of Banffshire
    Mr. Graham Orchill
    Mrs. Gordon Of Knockspoch
    Perth Assembly
    Mrs. Garden Of Troup
  12. The Road To Kingsville
    Memories Of Sadie (Carpenter) MacDonald
    Mrs. Col. Forbes
    Lady Lucy Ramsay
    Double Kisses
    Miss Campbell Of Menzies
    O’er Boggie
  13. Mill Of Newe
    Struan Robertson’s Rant
    Dunkeld Hermitage
    Gan Ainm
    Tarbolton Lodge
  14. Jenny Carouthers
    Gan Ainm
    Maggie Cameron
    Willie Davie

Three comments

“A Lifelong Home” ~ Alex Francis MacKay

UK ~ Greentrax: CDTRAX 149, 1997
http://www.greentrax.com/

USA ~ Rounder Records
http://www.rounder.com/
http://www.rounder.com/?id=album.php&catalog_id=3686

Alex Francis MacKay ~ fiddle
Gordon MacLean ~ piano

"Alex Francis began playing the fiddle at an early age and because the MacKay family home was a regular stopping point for musicians he met and learnt from many of Cape Breton’s finest players. Of the visiting musicians, those who made the most lasting impressions on Alex Francis were fiddler-composers Dan R. MacDonald (Alex’s first cousin), Dan Hughie MacEachern and Gordon MacQuarrie." ~ Paul Cranford
http://www.cranfordpub.com/
http://www.cranfordpub.com/recordings/MacKay_AlexF.htm

The Living Tradition ~ review
http://www.folkmusic.net/htmfiles/webrevs/cdtrax149.htm

" ~ if you have an appreciation of authentic traditional music and the required ability to "Stick with it" you will gain reward and much enjoyment from the real "Old Word" feel of "A Lifelong Home"."

"Gaelic in the Bow" ~ Alex Francis MacKay
http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/afmk.htm

Track 4, fourth tune — unnamed Dmaj reel

Here is an .ABC transcription of the nameless Dmaj reel that is the fourth tune in the Dmaj set on the fourth track – between Nathaniel Gow’s strathspey "Lady Mary Ramsay" and the reel "Miss Graham."

According to Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index, it appears to have only been recorded (so far…) by Alex Francis MacKay. The harmonic similarities that it shares with "Miss Graham" are salient enough that it makes sense to have begun the reels in the medley with those two adjacent tunes.

I’ve taken care to transcribe both iterations of this unknown reel so as to highlight the subtly snapped rhythmic variations that MacKay used to color each time through the tune, in addition to the differences in melodic contour that he also chose to deploy.

R: reel
L: 1/8
M: 4/4
K: Dmaj
(E<D)DB ADFB | A<FdA BEEF | D/D/D AB ADFB | A<FdA F<DDA, |
D2 DB ADFB | AFdA BEEF | D/D/D AB ADFB | A<FdD F<DDg ||
f2 fd ecdD | F<ADF B<EEg | f2 fd ecdA | BdAD F<DAg |
f2 fd ecdA | BdAF E2 EF | D/D/D AB ADFA | Bdce fd d2 ||
"second time" D2 DB ADFB | A<FdA BEEF | D/D/D AB ADFB | A<FdA F<DDA, |
D2 DB ADFB | AFdA B<EEF | D/D/D AB ADFB | A<FdD F<DDg ||
f2 fd ecdD | F<ADF B<EEg | f2 fd ecdA | B<dAD F<DDg |
f2 fd ecdA | F<ADF B<EEF | D/D/D AB ADFA | Bdca fd d2 ||

Track 13, fourth tune — unnamed Emix reel

Here is an .ABC transcription of the nameless Emix reel that is the fourth tune in the primarily Edor set on the thirteenth track – between Niel Gow’s Edor reel "Dunkeld Heritage" (for which the set is titled on the album) and the ever-popular "Tarbolton Lodge."

I’ve taken care to transcribe both iterations of this unknown, sort-of-double-tonic reel so as to highlight the variation that’s applied by MacKay to the second time through – especially that surprising final bar that sounds cadentially like it’s in straight Emaj!

R: reel
L: 1/8
M: 4/4
K: Emix
E2 eB GEBG | F2 dA FDAF | E2 BB EBeg | feBd e/e/e eF |
E2 eB GEBG | F2 dA FDAF | E2 eB GBeg | feBd e/e/e eb |
geBe gebg | fdAd fdaf | geBe gebg | fdBd e/e/e ea |
geBe gebg | fdAd fdaf | gbge fdec | dBAF E/E/E EF ||
"second time" E2 eB GEBG | F2 dD FDAF | E2 eB GBeg | feBd e/e/e eF |
E2 eB GEBG | F2 dD FDAF | E2 eB GBeg | feBd e/e/e ea |
geBe gebg | fdAd fdaf | geBe gebg | fdBd e/e/e eb |
geBe gebg | fdAd fdaf | gbaf gefd | ecBG E2 EF ||