Bach Meets Cape Breton

By Puirt A Baroque

  1. Sweet Is The Lass That Dwells Among The Heather
  2. The Carle He Came O’er The Craft
  3. Peggie I Must Love Thee
  4. The Honourable Mrs Drummond Of Perth’s Delight
  5. Lass Of Pettie’s Mill
    Rabbit Teeth
    Minnie Adam’s House
    A Reel For Kate
    The High Street
  6. Pinkie House
    Sir Archibald Grant
    The Duke Of Gordon’s Birthday
    Isla
    Mrs Grant’s
    Colonel MacBean’s
    Johnny Made A Wadding O’t
  7. Meeting John Hartford
    Lord Macpherson Of Drumochter
    Sgian Dubh
    Suite From Ayres For The Theater
  8. First Music
    Second Music
  9. Air
  10. Canaries
  11. Song Tune
  12. Hornpipe By Purcell
    Sodger Lad
  13. Chaconne
  14. Music From The Mabou Coal Mines
  15. Fy Gar Guitar
  16. Niel Gow’s Lament
  17. Bach Meets Cape Breton
  18. The Farewell

Six comments

Puirt a Baroque

Pronounced *poorsht-a-baroque* (Scottish Gaelic).
With David Greenberg, baroque, modern violin, Scott Macmillan, guitars, David Sandall, harpsichord.
Marquis Classics ERAD 181
30 Keniworth Avenue Toronto, Canada M4L 3S3

A very enjoyable CD. About the juxtaposition of Scottish/Cape Breton traditional music with Baroque art music.

Track 1 is ‘Sweet is the Lass that Dwells Among the Heather’; 4: The Honourable Mrs. Drummond of Perth’s Delight; I think some of the other names are names of the set, rather than individual tunes

"Puirt A Baroque: Bach Meets Cape Breton" - the tracks

1. ) Suite Sonata, for baroque violin, guitar & harpsichord: (Moderato / Vivace / Adagio / Giga):

Sweet is the Lass that Dwells Among the Heather (trad. - from McGlashan, 1778) / The Carle He Came o’er the Craft (Lord McDonald) / Peggy I Must Love Thee (trad.) / The Honourable Mrs. Drummond of Perth’s Delight (trad.)

2. ) The Lass Blast, for violin, steel stringed guitar & harpsichord:

The Lass of Pettie’s Mill (air/march - trad., set by Adam Craig) / Rabbit Teeth reel (David Greenberg) / Minnie Adams’ House reel / A Reel for Kate (David Greenberg) / The High Street Hornpipe (Macmillan)

3. ) Pinkie House Medley, for violin, steel stringed guitar & harpsichord:

Pinkie House (air/march) / Sir Archibald Grant [of Monymusk] (strathspey - Daniel Dow) / The Duke of Gordon’s Birthday (strathspey - William Marshall) / Isla Reel (trad.) / Mrs. Grant’s Reel (= The Strathbogie Toast by Marshall) / Colonel Macbean’s Reel (trad.) / Johnny’s Made a Wadding O’t reel (trad.)

4. ) E-Bee Jigs, for violin, steel stringed guitar & harpsichord:

Meeting John Hartford (Jerry Holland) / Lord McPherson of Drumochter (Angus Graham) / Sgian Dubh [The Black Knife]

5. ) Purcell and Then Some - Suite from Ayres for the Theatre by Henry Purcell, with a Cape Breton "chaser":

Suite from Purcell’s Ayres for the Theatre No. 1: First Music / Suite from Purcell’s Ayres for the Theatre No. 2: Air / Suite from Purcell’s Ayres for the Theatre No.3: Canaries / Suite from Ayres for the Theatre No. 4: Song Tune / Suite from Purcell’s Ayres for the Theatre No. 5: Hornpipe (Purcell) / The Lads of Leith (trad., set by James Oswald) / Sodger Lad jig (trad.)

6. ) Chacone:

Chaconne Upon the Sarabanda Theme from Corelli’s Violin Sonata Opus 5 No. 7 for violin & continuo (attributed to Francesco Geminiani) - (after Corelli Op. 5/7; doubtful)

7. ) Music from the Mabou Coal Mines, a medley of tunes from Cape Breton violinists:

Trip to Mabou Ridge march (Dan Hughie MacEachern) / Traditional Mabou Strathspey / Angus Ronald Beaton (strathspey - Donald Angus Beaton) / Traditional Reel / Lochiel’s Rant (reel - trad.) / Carl Beaton’s Reel (D.A. Beaton)

8. ) Fy gar guitar:

Fy Gar Rub Her O’er With Straw (trad., set by Robert Bremner) / Miss Lyall reel (Simon Fraser) / Muileann Dubh [The Black Mill] reel (trad.,) / Miss Wedderburn (reel - trad.)

9. ) Neil Gow’s Lament:

Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife slow (air/lament - Niel Gow)

10. Bach Meets Cape Breton - Medley of Baroque dance movements and Cape Breton reels:

Gavotte en Rondeau (Bourrée - J.S. Bach) / Calum Fhionnalaidh [Malcolm Finlay] (reel - trad.) / Johnnie Sullivan’s (reel - trad.) / Prince Charlie (reel - trad.) / Reel Made with Hilda (Hilda Chiasson & Jerry Holland)

11. The Farewell, arranged for violin, guitar & harpsichord:

The Farewell (air / march - William Marshall)


Total playing time: 70:45

I have updated most of the listings for cross-reference purposes. However from #13 down, see Ceolachan’s list, as I was unable to upload the rest due to some technical glitch beyond my control. Apologies, and many thanks, again, ceol.
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