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The Dances Down Home

  • 1. The MacDonald's March / The King's
    2. Miss Anderson / The Braes Of Elchies
    3. Sheehan's / Loch Earn / Donald Cameron's Polka
    4. Sou'West Bridge / The Flagon / Gin I Had A Bonny Lassie
    5. Dan R.'s Favorite / Brig O'Feugh / Donald Stewart The Piper
    6. Come Under My Plaide / The Mira
    7. Mrs. Scott Skinner / The Smith's A Gallant Fireman / The Earl Of Seafield's
    8. The Cheticamp Jig / Little Pickle / Traditional
    9. Biodag Air MacThomais / The Hurdle Race / Last Night's Fun
    10. Hillside Echoes / Banks
    11. The Marquis Of Tullybardine / Romp Among The Whins / The Way To Mull River / Put Me In The Big Chest
    12. Clay Pipe / Sandy M'Gaff / The Champion Jig
    13. Miss McKenzie Of Ness House / Bonanza Hornpipe
    14. Glencoe Bridge March / Lieutenant Howard Douglas's / Miss Stewart Of Garth / The Rocket
    15. Delnabo / Malcolm Finlay / Traditional / Prince Charlie
    16. Charlie Hunter / Dolbin / Traditional
    17. Fancy Hornpipe / Gillan's / St. Kilda Wedding
    18. Archie Menzies / Fisher's Hornpipe / Mr. Bernard
    19. Miss Hutton's / Miss Johnson Of Pitworth / Lady Walpole's
    20. The Earl Of Hyndford / Blind Norrys / Auld Stewarts Of Forthegill
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 611 593

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Wilson

    Personnel: Joseph Cormier (violin); Edmond Boudreau (guitar, bass); Eddie Irwin (piano); Johnny Muise (clappers).
    This is part of The Rounder Heritage Series.
    Not all of them will admit it out loud, but American folk musicians tend to regard the fiddlers of Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island with a certain degree of awe. Part of it is the seriousness of the tradition -- there is probably no region in North America where good fiddlers are more highly prized than Canada's Maritime Provinces, and no region where the standard by which they are judged is so high. And part of it is the tunes themselves that come from the region, which are often readily identifiable within a few measures and tend to be uniquely beautiful. Joe Cormier, a Cape Breton expatriate who has made his home in suburban Boston for the past four decades, is one of the legends of Nova Scotia fiddling, and the latest volume in Rounder's Heritage series is a celebration of his remarkable career. The centerpiece of this album is Cormier's The Dances Down Home, an LP originally released in the 1970s; to the original program are added eight previously unreleased tracks. Accompanied by longtime partners Eddie Irwin on piano and Eddie Boudreau on guitar and bass, Cormier is at the top of his form on these sets of dance tunes; if the sound quality isn't always perfect, the playing is. Particular highlights include the gorgeous, lilting "Sheehan's" reel set, a lovely air entitled "Hillside Echoes," and a stomping set of jigs that includes "Clay Pipe," "Sandy M'Gaff," and "The Champion." Those who love Cape Breton fiddling already know that they need this disc; those looking for a good introduction to the tradition will find it here. ~ Rick Anderson

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