This comes from one of my favorite recordings of Cape Breton music, "Mike MacDougall’s Tape for Father Hector," MacDougall recorded this only a couple of months before his untimely death. This is as close as I can get to what he played, I’m not sure if the CB setting has been transcribed elsewhere. It is a composition of Abraham MacIntosh, first published in Glen’s collection of 1792. The Cape Breton fiddle setting differs greatly from those in print though, print settings are in D minor for a start, the melody as played by MacDougall and his contemporaries departs drastically in places too.
I’m not certain if Mike played an F natural in bar 2; some minor variations occur in the 2nd part as well. Other Cape Breton fiddlers have recorded this reel - Carl McKenzie, Dan Hughie MacEachern, Fr. Angus Morris, and Willie Kennedy - I think most of those recordings are out of print though. They all seemed to start their sets with the strathspey Forest of Gaick too.
Looking for transcriptions of this tune, to save me the bother, I came across an interesting little website, "A lighthearted look at the Wedderburns": http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wedderburn/capnW.htm This has a setting taken from CB fiddler Dave Greenberg, different from how others played it. The page also has other examples of the Wedderburns in the folk tradition, starting with the song "Captain Wedderburn’s Courtship," which some of you might remember from Willie Clancy’s Minstrel From Clare LP.
🙂 ~ One of my/our favourites too, "Mike MacDougall’s Tape for Father Hector" ~ so much we bought multiples and gave them away as gifts, well, at least a few times, till we ran out, keeping one for ourselves. Mike MacDougall was also an amazing person…
As I understand it, Dave Greenberg’s first speciality was and remains Baroque music, later taking up an interest in Cape Breton fiddling and spending much time visiting the island and studying the music.