I first heard this played by some fiddlers in a session in Sydney, but the original source was Solas: Sunny Spells & Scattered Showers. This transcription is biased towards the fiddle setting on that recording. The tune is apparently a composition of Otis Tomas - find out more about him by going here http://www.fiddle.com/issues/capebreton.html and scrolling down to the hairy guy who looks spookily as though he could be Jack Gilder’s brother.
That was quick !
You’ll find a great drawing of the lad, and more information, here:
Two more hospitable and welcoming people would be hard to find. They have given shelter to many, including Paul Cranford. They generosity of spirit has resulted in several tunes, the one given here and Paul’s own compositions…
"The Lighthouse Collection of newly composed Fiddle Tunes"
& CD / cassette:
"The Lighthouse: Cape Breton Fiddle Music by Lighthousekeeper Paul Cranford and Friends"
"This 1996 collection is compiled by composer Paul Cranford, a lighthouse keeper since 1975, who gains inspiration for many of the tunes he writes by walking the shores, listening sounds of the wind and waves. Many of the tunes in the collection are his own, the rest collected from musical friends. The tune types include marches, strathspeys, reels, hornpipes, jigs,and waltzes, a a very well produced CD of a large mumger of the tunes accompanies the book, as well as being available separately. On the back cover is a detailed list of the tunes featured on the recording, and at the front of the book is an excellent index, with all selections listed in their respective keys.
The CD makes for enjoyable listening as well as learning ~ "
From a review by Mavis Hutchings,
originally published in "Canadian Folk Music Bulletin "
Page 5: "Bill Nicholson’s Welcome to North Shore" ~ marching air
Page 37: "Fenella" ~ marching air
"Jerry Holland’s Collection of Fiddle Tunes:
A Compilation of Traditional and Original Melodies" ~ 282 Tunes