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A Note About Cape Breton
A brief aside resulting from my curiosity as to why this is in the Irish/Scottish/English group.
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JohnG
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I couldn't figure out why a part of Nova Scotia, Canada would be included here and so I went searching. And now I know why! From the link posted below, " Indeed, today Cape Breton musicians and dancers are sent back to Scotland to re-educate the Scots in their own traditional performance genres."

Cape Breton Music

The old curmudgeon!

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And here's some Cape Breton music!

The old curmudgeon!

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@JohnG -

Thanx for the great link and video (nice little sampling) about Cape Breton Music! 

And, thank you for starting this thread - we need it. 

There is a really nice book, "The Cape Breton Fiddler", by Allister MacGillivray - which can be borrowed for free, at the Internet Archive. 

The Cape Breton Fiddler

Here is a link to the Cape Breton Strathspeys and Reels Thread. 

Cape Breton Strathspeys and Reels Thread

With so much Scottish influence, might be interested in these threads.  

Scottish Fiddle Stuff Thread 

Scottish Fiddling History Thread

You'll still find other Irish and Canadian influences in and around Cape Breton, too. 

French Canadian and Quebecois Fiddle Thread

And here's a list of links for Traditional Celtic Tunes. 

Traditional Celtic Music Archives Thread

Here's a great Podcast. 

Rosin The Bow Podcast

 

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The only drawback to Cape Breton music can be if you want to be a purist, it's more dance oriented - much at a very, very fast tempo! 

...but, trying to play fast can be exhilarating! 

- Emily

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JohnG said
I couldn't figure out why a part of Nova Scotia, Canada would be included here and so I went searching. And now I know why! From the link posted below, " Indeed, today Cape Breton musicians and dancers are sent back to Scotland to re-educate the Scots in their own traditional performance genres."

Cape Breton Music

  

Ive posted too many times about rosin the bow podcast probably but anyway..

checkout the two part interview with alasdair frasier for alot more on that subject and more interesting stuff.

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@ABitRusty -

Sorry, forgot that one (will edit). 😊 

About "Rosin The Bow":

"Joe McHugh is a storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning public radio journalist who travels the world exploring the many roles the violin family of instruments play in society today. He has interviewed gifted musicians who play a variety of styles—classical, folk, jazz, and rock—as well as master luthiers, dealers, collectors, tone wood producers, insurance agents, museum curators, rosin makers, string designers—even FBI agents who have helped recover stolen violins. The Rosin the Bow archive of recorded interviews will eventually become a permanent part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of violin-related materials." (Apple Podcast Preview)

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