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Mac Morin

by Mac Morin

Well known Cape Breton pianist and step dancer from Cape Breton releases his debut recording featuring traditional Cape Breton music. The album features host of musical guests including a fiddle track and a highland bagpipe track.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Deil's Lochy
5:43 $0.99
2. Jigs With Pius
3:16 $0.99
3. E Air
3:50 $0.99
4. Father Angus' Set
3:21 $0.99
5. Tunes With Betty Lou (Feat. Betty Lou Beaton)
4:19 $0.99
6. Fiddle Set (Feat. Rannie MacLellan)
5:27 $0.99
7. A Slip Into Something More Comfortable
3:14 $0.99
8. Moneymusk
3:15 $0.99
9. A Jigs
3:03 $0.99
10. The Mallard
2:49 $0.99
11. Och Mar Tha Mi
4:20 $0.99
12. Hughie's Old Place
4:27 $0.99
13. Inception Reels
4:37 $0.99
14. End With The Beginning (Feat. Betty Lou Beaton)
3:22 $0.99
15. B Flat Air
4:09 $0.99
16. Pipe Set (Feat. Kevin Dugas)
4:54 $0.99
17. Killicrankie
9:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
------ MUSICIANS ------

Mac Morin - Piano (all), Rhodes (17), Bass (17), Synth (17)
Gordie Sampson - Guitar (1,7,9,10,11,13,16,17), Percussion (3,13), Banjo (7,13), Mandolin (13), Rhodes (17), Bass (17)
Pius MacIsaac - Guitar (2)
Steve O'Connor - Organ (3, 13), Accordion (3)
John Dymond - Bass (3, 13)
Patrick Gillis - Guitar (4, 12)
Betty Lou Beaton - Piano (5, 14)
Rannie MacLellan - Fiddle (6)
Sandy MacDonald - Guitar (6, 8)
Al Cross - Drums (13)
Kevin Dugas - Pipes (16)

---- LINER NOTES ------

** 01. The Deil's Lochy
The Deil's Lochy (March) James MacIntosh
Miss Lucy Campbell (Strathspey) Traditional
The Craig of Barnes (Strathspey) Traditional
Reel - Traditional
Cabar Feidh (Reel) Pipesetting traditional
Lord MacDonald (Reel) Pipesetting traditional
I heard Buddy MacMaster play the March one night at Kinnon Beaton's. Buddy learned it from a book of James MacIntosh tunes, published in the 1930's which he acquired in Scotland. The Craig of Barnes and the reel that follows were learned from the playing of John Morris Rankin recorded at Raymond and Sarabelle Beaton's in Mabou on June 11, 1983.

** 02. Jigs With Pius
Scotty Fitzgeralds (Jig) - Sandy MacIntyre
Jig - A Mike MacDougall Jig
Johnny MacGill (Jig) - Traditional
The second jig was learned from a tape of Arthur Muise. The last Jig can be found in the Athole collection
in the key of F.

** 03. E Air
J.O Forbes, Esq. of corse (Air) - Peter Milne
This tune is written in a couple of J.Scott Skinner collections. This cut went so well in the studio, we ended up using the first take.

** 04. Father Angus' Set
The New Brig of Methlick (Strathspey) - William Hardy
Tower O' Scolty ( Hornpipe) - Dan R. MacDonald
Mrs Grant of Grant (Reel) - Traditional
I went o Father Angus Morris' place for a visit one night in November 2002. It was cold outside but that didn't stop him from playing a pile of tunes that went on for hours. These three tunes were among them.

** 05. Tunes With Betty Lou
Kanatra to El Arish (March) - Traditional
John Angus Beaton's (Strathspey) - Kinnon Beaton
Traditional Laddie (Reel) - Traditional
Reel - Traditional
I learned the March from the playing of John MacDougall of Kenloch. The last reel came from Father Angus during another visit. No one seems to have a name for it...

** 06. Fiddle Set
The Caledonian, Hunts Delight Melody (Air)
Miss Warrender of Lochend (Strathspey) - Traditional
Ben Lomond (Strathspey) - Traditional
The Auld Wheel (Reel) - Traditional
Rannie MacLellan's (Reel) - Father Angus Morris
Father Angus Morris (Reel) - Rannie MacLellan

** 07. A Slip Into Something More Comfortable
The Kid on the Mountain (Slip Jig) - Traditional
Mrs James MacNeil (Jig) - Dan R MacDonald
I learned the first tune from Ryan MacNeil of Cole Harbour while touring Scotland. The next Jig is known a a "Buddy tune" which turns out to be a composition of Dan R's. Buddy remembers hearing it as a teenager from players like Dan R., Gordan MacQuarrie and Alex F. MacKay but never saw the notes for it.

** 08. Moneymusk
Duchess of Hamilton (Strathspey) - Traditional
Moneymusk (Strathspey) - Traditional
The Craig of Barnes (Strathspey) - Traditional
The Night The Goats Came Home (Reel) - Traditional
Reel - Traditional variation
Norman's Reel - Donald Angus Beaton
I remember Tracey Dares MacNeil and I talking about how much fun Moneymusk is to play. The second reel sounds like a variation on the first but Father Angus, from whom I learned this tune, says it was a different reel that Angus Allan Gillis adapted as a variation on The Nights The Goats Came Home. Norman's Reel (named after Norman Alex Rory) is a great Donald Angus tune which you don't often hear.

** 09. A Jigs
The Seven Sisters (Jig) - John Morris Rankin
The Heart of Me Kitty (Jig) - Simon Doherty
The Black Ewe's Cascade (Jig) - Traditional
I heard Jackie Dunn play the first Jig and learned it was a Johnny M tune. Buddy is the source of the second. I heard him play it on an old dance tape Grandpa had from Glendale in the 60's.

** 10. The Mallard
The Mallard (Clog) - J. Murdoch Henderson
Cathy Jeanie Munroe (Strathspey) - J. Scott Skinner
Gillis Cove (Reel) - Ronald MacLellan
I found the Strathspey in J.S Skinner's Harp and Claymore Collection written in B Major. It fits pretty well between these other tunes. Ronald MacLellan's tune can be found in Gordon F MacQuarrie's collection.

** 11. Och Mar A Tha Mi
Och Mar A Tha Mi
Jenny Bowser (Reel) - J. Scott Skinner
Known as Och Mar A Tha Mi, this song's actual title is A' Chruinneag 'Ileach or the Islay Maiden. It was composed by an anonymous composer from Scotland.

** 12. Hughie's Old Place
Hughie's Old Place (March) - Ian MacDougall
Bog A' Lochan (Strathspey) - Traditional
The Glenora Reel (Reel) - John Campbell
Mac Morin's Reel (Reel) - Natalie MacMaster
Wake Up To Cape Breton (Reel) - Brenda Stubbert

** 13. Inception Reels
Four and Twenty Highland Men (Pipe Reel) - Traditional
Reel For Carl (Reel) - Jerry Holland
High Road To Fort Augustus (Reel) - Traditional
Thanks to the guys from Toronto for their help on this one. The Pipe reel came from pipers Paul MacNeil and Jamie MacInnis. The second reel is one of my favourite Jerry Holland tunes. The last reel is in the Athole Collection.

** 14. End With The Beginning (Tunes with Betty Lou #2)
Winston at the Glenville Hall (Jig) - Traditional
The Belfast Boat (Jig) - Traditional
Carrickfergus (Jig) - Traditional

** 15. B Flat Air
Shakins O' The Pocky (Air) - Traditional
The music for this can be found in the Skye Collection. It's a great tune that I thought sounded best by itself.

** 16. Pipe Set
Angus MacKinnon of Eigg (March) - Iain MacDonald
The Eight Men Of Moidart (Reel) - Traditional
Morin You Expected (Reel) - Mac Morin
Muileann Dubh (Reel) - Traditional
I heard the first reel from John Morris Rankin. Kevin and I then play it closer to the way it is written in the Scots Guard Vol. I. The title of the second reel is a pun on my surname and was suggested by the author Alistair MacLeod as a possible name for the CD.

** 17. Killicrankie
Killicrankie (March) - Traditional
Noel Hill's Fancy (Reel) - Jerry Holland
Some dandy tunes with something different in the end...



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