“A Tribute to Dan R. MacDonald:
22 Musicians Play Tunes from the Heather Hill Collection"
Both this and the following printed collections of the compositions of Dan R. MacDonald are the laudable recording and publishing work of Paul Steward Cranford:
"The Heather Hill Collection: Fiddle Music of Dan R. MacDonald" (Volume 1)
compiled by John Donald Cameron
"Over 200 Fiddle tunes from Cape Breton’s most famous and prolific composer. In his lifetime (1912-76) Dan R. reputedly composed over 1000 tunes. Many of his tunes are played in the currently Cape Breton repertoire … dozens of which are found in this book."
"The Trip to Windsor Collection: The Music of Dan R. MacDonald, Volume 2"
compiled 1994 by John Donald Cameron
"233 Fiddle tunes from Cape Breton’s most famous and prolific composer. In his lifetime (1912-76) Dan R. composed over 1000 tunes. Hundreds of his tunes are currently in the Cape Breton repertoire and many are circulating by musicians who don’t realize they are playing his tunes."
“A Tribute to Dan R. MacDonald” ~ get it while they last!!!
Paul Cranford is clearing out his cassettes for a steal, and he has some treasures. Get them while you can. All are highly recommended. I liked this particular one so much I kept giving it away. I’ve only now just replaced it after years without it. You won’t find such a collection of fine Cape Breton fiddlers, 22, together in one recording like this, dedicated to a highly respected island composer, at least at the moment one isn’t coming to my mind…
There is other motivation for this, one of those fine fiddlers is fighting for his life, and one of Dan R.’s tunes is dedicated to that fiddler and played by him on this cassette ~ Jerry Holland plays "Jerry Holland’s"…
While the sound levels are variable, all those different ways with the bow, the music is inspirational…
“A Tribute to Dan R. MacDonald: 22 Musicians Play Tunes from the Heather Hill Collection”
& the artists and others involved are ~
tracks & fiddler ~
1 - 3.) Alex Francis MacKay
4.) Natalie MacMaster
5.) Hector MacKenzie
6 - 9.) David Greenberg
10.) Lucy MacNeil
11.) Shawn MacDonald
12.) Courtney MacPherson
13 - 16.) Carl MacKenzie
17.) Wilfred Prosper
18.) Raymond Ellis
19 - 21.) Kyle MacNeil
22.) John Neil MacLean
23 - 24.) Buddy MacMaster
25.) Dan Joe MacInnis
26.) Dwayne Coté
27.) Lloyd MacDonald
28.) Gordon Coté
29.) Elmer Briand
30.) Paul Cranford
31 - 32.) Jerry Holland
33 - 35.) Kinnon Beaton
36.) Wilfred Gillis
Produced and recorded by:
Paul Stewart Cranford & Paul M. MacDonald
Mastering by: Phil Kasouf
Thanks to: John Donald Cameron, Ronald Caplan, Carol Kennedy, Alex Francis MacKay, Hector MacKenzie, Gordon MacLean, Doug MacPhee, John Morrison, Bonnie Thompson.
"This tribute to Dan R. MacDonald should be considered a work-in-progress. For the musicians involved, this project was both a challenge and a chance to hear how several different players approach the work of a single Cape Breton composer."
“A Tribute to Dan R. MacDonald” ~ beautifully raw fiddle
Except for track 12, all else is bare naked fiddling ~
12.) Courtney MacPherson ~ of Sydney, Cape Breton Island
on the GHB, Great Highland Bagpipes