The Judique Flyer

By Buddy MacMaster

  1. Dan R’s Favourite
    Willie Fraser’s
    Francis Beaton’s
    Derrick Beaton’s
  2. Alex MacDonnell’s Favourite
    The Queensville
    The Green Tree
    Gordon Graham’s
  3. Captain O’Kane
    Miss Hutton
    O’Dowd’s Favourite
  4. St. Elmo
    The Gladstone
  5. Memories Of Father Charles MacDonald
    Peter & Doreen Chiasson
    Willie Kennedy’s
    Homeward Bound
  6. Paulette Bissonnette
    A Taste Of Gaelic
    John MacDougall
  7. The Little Pickle
    Compliments To The Boys Of The Lough
    The Canadian Club
    The Champion
  8. Trip To Mabou Ridge
    Dan L. Cameron
    Snow Plough
    Miss Smith Of Methvins
  9. The Golden Keyboard (Jig)
    The Swallowtail
    The Two Mile Bridge
  10. Father John Angus Rankin
    Trip To Dublin
    Harry Bradshaw’s
    Cape Breton Fiddlers Welcome To The Shetlands
  11. Mrs. Ferguson Of Reath’s
    Lord Donne’s
    The Pigeon On The Gate
    Miss Johnson Of Pitworth
  12. The Second Star
    Tom Marsh’s
    Compliments To Doug MacPhee
  13. The Lockerbie Lament
    The Sands Of Burrafirth
    MacKenzie Fraser
  14. Duncan Johnstone
    Roderick MacDonald
    Memories Of Hughena Ratchford
    Wesley Gillis

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"Buddy MacMaster: The Judique Flyer"

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"Joining Buddy on this recording are many of the accompanists he has played with throughout his 60 years fiddling ~ each of the 14 cuts features a different piano player, including his own daughter Mary Elizabeth, as well as many of the top accompanists in Cape Breton today. The CD booklet researched historical and biographical notes, including archival photographs."

1.) Donald Angus Beaton Set ~ Joey Beaton on piano

Dan R’s Favourite, strathspey (Donald Angus Beaton)
Willie Fraser’s, reel (Donald Angus Beaton)
Francis Beaton’s, reel (Donald Angus Beaton)
Dedrrick Beaton’s, reel (Donald Angus Beaton)

2.) Alex MacDonnel’s Favourite Set ~ Betty Lou Beaton on piano

Alex MacDonnel’s Favourite, jig (Dan R. MacDonald)
Queensville Jig (Dan R. MacDonald)
The Green Tree jig (Dan R. MacDonald)
Gordon Graham’s Jig (Dan R. MacDonald)

3.) Captain O’Kane Set ~ Tracey Dares on piano

Captain O’Kane, air (Trad)
Miss Hutton, strathspey (Trad) (J. Bowie?)
Dowd’s Favourite, reel (Trad) (J. Bowie?)

4.) St. Elmo Clog Set ~ Marie MacLellan on piano

St. Elmo, clog (Trad)
Snowflake, hornpipe (Trad)
The Gladstone Reel (J. Scott Skinner)

5.) Memories of Father Charles MacDonald Set ~ Maybelle Chisholm on piano

Memories of Father Charles MacDonald, lament (Cameron Chisholm)
Peter and Doreen Chiasson, march (Brenda Stubbert)
Willie Kennedy’s, strathspey (Brenda Stubbert)
Homeward Bound, reel (Trad)

6.) The Paulette Bissonnette Set ~ Dave MacIsaac on guitar

Paulette Bissonette, strathspey (John Campbell)
A Taste Of Gaelic, reel (Trad)
John MacDougall, reel (Trad)

7.)The Little Pickle Set ~ Joel Chiasson on piano

The Little Pickle, jig (J. Lowe)
Compliments to the Boys of the Lough, jig (Frank Farrell)
The Canadian Club, jig (Frank Ferrell)
The Champion Jig (Dan Hughie MacEachern)

8.) Trip to Mabou Ridge Set ~ Jackie Dunne on piano

Trip to Mabou Ridge, march (Dan Hughie MacEachern)
Dan L. Cameron, strathspey (Dan Hughie MacEachern)
Snow Plough, reel (Dan Hughie MacEachern)
Miss Smith of Methvins, reel (Trad)

9.) E Minor Jigs Set ~ Mac Morin on piano

The Golden Keyboard, jig (Trad)
Swallow Tail Jig (Trad)
The Two Mile Bridge, jig (Trad)
Champion Jig (Trad)

10.) Father John Angus Rankin Set ~ Hilda Chiasson on piano

Father John Angus Rankin, march (Jerry Holland)
Trip To Dublin, strathspey (Jerry Holland)
Harry Bradshaw’s Reel (Jerry Holland)
Cape Breton Fiddlers Welcome to the Shetlands, reel (Willie Hunter)

11.) Mrs. Ferguson of Reaths Set ~ Mary Jessie MacDonald on piano

Mrs. Ferguson of Reaths, air (Trad)
Lord Donne’s Strathspey (Trad)
Pigeon on the Gate, reel (Trad)
Mrs. Johnson of Pitworth, reel (J. Walker)

12.) The Second Star Hornpipe Set ~ Howie MacDonald on piano

The Second Star Hornpipe (G. Tate)
Tom Marsh’s Hornpipe (Vincent MacGillivray)
Compliments to Doug MacPhee (Howie MacDonald)

13.) The Lockerbie Lament Set ~ Doug MacPhee on piano

The Lockerbie Lament (Angus Fitchet)
The Sands of Burrafirth, march (Ian Burns)
MacKenzie Fraser, reel (J. Scott Skinner)

14.) Duncan Johnstone Set ~ Mary Elizabeth MacMasteron piano

Duncan Johnstone, march (P.M. D. MacLeod)
Roderick MacDonald, strathspey (Trad)
Memories of Hughena Ratchford, reel (Brenda Stubbert)
Wesley Gillis, reel (Kinnon Beaton)

The ‘Judique Flyer’ & Buddy MacMaster

"The ‘Judique Flyer’ was a steam driven passenger train that replaced the old stagecoach line running between Inverness and Point Tupper on Cape Breton’s west coast. In 1938, fiddler Buddy MacMaster (15 years of age) boarded The Judique Flyer to return home from Troy after playing his first dance. From that time Buddy’s reputation as a fiddler spread up and down the Judique line. In 1943, Buddy took a job as a telegrapher and traveling station agent with the CNR (Canadian National Railroad) working in stations from Truro to Inverness. For the next forty years the railroad would nurture his reputation as a generous fiddler and today he is recognized as the world’s leading exponent of the Cape Breton fiddle style. Joining him on this recording are many of the fine accompanists he has played with throughout his sixty-year career as a master of the fiddle."

"Buddy MacMaster: The Judique Flyer" ~ The Living Tradition review

"This is an exceptionally fine recording from the Ace of Cape Breton’s fiddle players, Buddy MacMaster. A "solo" recording, which features fourteen accompanists, one for each track. ~

Buddy MacMaster has been described by his peers and fellow players as, "a master fiddler". On "The Judique Flyer", this mastery is well to the fore but he also gives an equal share of the stage to his able accompanists." ~

Peter Fairbairn

A great fiddler

The venerable Buddy MacMaster is known for his sweet tone, of which this album is a fine showcase.. a grand ol’ player indeed… nice to have ‘im around…

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