This is a pipe strathspey that is rather well known in Cape Breton. Some fiddlers play it twice through, others only once. If you do play it twice through, try adding some variations, like the ones in setting two.
Miss Lucy Campbell
This tune also goes by the name of Miss Lucy Campbell, and is different from the Irish reel named Lucy Campbell, which is rarely, if ever, heard in Cape Breton. If you were to ask any Cape Breton fiddler to play Lucy Campbell, they would more than likely play this strathspey.
The "variations" in setting two are examples of what is know as "cutting up a strathspey." I’d first heard Andrea Beaton cut up this tune, and I decided to cut it up wherever possible, creating some fun but tricky bowing.
Lucy Campbell (strathspey)
Hamish Moore recorded a similar Cape Breton version of the tune on the small pipes. It’s within the pipe scale!
This is a Niel Gow tune, and it would appear it was written specifically written for the pipe scale. I have read in highland pipe books that this is considered a competition strathspey, like other 4-part strathspeys, such as Maggie Cameron.
I just realized that the strathspey "Lucy Campbell" is exactly the tune pipers call "Lady Louden". Cape Breton fiddlers also have a "Lady Louden" in both strathspey and reel versions. However, those are in C major, have but two parts, and the strathspey, at least, sounds somewhat more classicized. The reel especially is often called "Blind Nora O’Neill", "Blind Norry’s" or a variation of this, and the strathspey sometimes gets those appellations also.
Re: Lady Louden
"Louden" is also spelled "Loudon", depending on the source.
Re: Lucy Campbell
Yes, Daniel, I know this as Lady Louden.