~ neither of which we have the pleasure of owning, so I’ve no idea how they might vary from the transcription I’ve given here. Before adding this, wanting to include something more, I also did an initial search for a bit more information on the composer, John MacLean, but nothing so far. I hope to return with something useful to add later.
Glad I asked ~ ‘the process’! ~ C: John MacLean - in the beginning there was the air
This melody began as an air, composed by John MacLean, “a piper with Washabuck roots… (Paul Cranford) His father Johnny ‘Washabuck’ was a good fiddler and step dancer - one of the Red Rory Maclean’s. (differentiating from the other musical Washabuck MacLeans - the MacKay Point MacLeans ~ Joe, Theresa Morrison and Michael Anthony being the noted musicians in that family.)”
Paul let me know of the earlier roots to this melody, as a slow air. He and Jerry Holland took hold of this and marchified it, 2 turns/parts worth. The composer was OK with this, including with it being published as such in Jerry’s second collection, see above. Under Brenda Stubbert’s bow it took on two more parts/turns. Somewhere in this house we should still have her recording of it. If I can find it I’ll do a transcription, but I’m hoping, now I know this is a more recent creation that the composer won’t mind my having aaded it here in the database. I would have attempted to make contact and ask but had some notion it was an earlier John MacLean. As Paul concluded, “Although only 14 years old it is very popular - in most (Cape Breton) fiddlers’ repertoires.” - Paul Cranford 9/3/2013