A Mabou strathspey

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

A Mabou has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: A Mabou
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|A>Bde d<BAF|E>FG>A B<EE>B|A<Bd>e d<BA>F|A>Bd>e f<dd:|
e|d<ef<g|aba>f|d>ef>a b>e e<f|d>efg|a<ba>f|e<fd>e f>dd>e|
d<ef>g a<ba>f|d>ef>a b<ee>g|f<de<f d>BA>F|A>Bd>e f<dd|]

Four comments

A Mabou Strathpey

A traditional Cape Breton strathspey.

A Mabou Strathpey

Thanks, Joe, good tune. It’s always useful to know some background, so can you tell us where you got the tune?

One of the primary sources for the tune would be Cape Breton fiddler John Campbell, who recorded it on his 1976 LP ‘Cape Breton Violin Music’, and who learned it from his father Dan J Campbell. In the collection ‘Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton’ (Kate Dunlay and David Greenberg, 1996) it’s noted that other settings were played by Rodney MacDonald and Johnny Wilmot (who learned his from Joe Confiant).

You know what Neil, thats exactly where I got it from. I first heard Howie MacDonald play is at a dance, he said it was a John Campbell tune (whose setting is in that book, which I have). So I happened to open to the right page.
I think it’s a good idea to give background on the tunes, so you can expect it from now on. Thanks a bunch.

Mabou Strathspey

Thanks, Jack! 🙂

Seriously, thanks Joe - it’s always better to know some background. The John Campbell album is terrific, if you haven’t heard it already.