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Track Listing & Sound Clips
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1.     The Deil's Lochy
2.    
Jigs With Pius
3.    
E Air
4.    
Father Angus' Set
5.    
Tunes With Betty Lou
6.    
Fiddle Set
7.    
A Slip Into Something More Comfortable
8.    
Moneymusk
9.    
A Jigs
10.  
The Mallard
11.  
Och Mar Tha Mi
12.  
Hughie's Old Place
13.  
Inception Reels
14.  
End With The Beginning (Tunes with Betty Lou #2)
15.  
B Flat Air 
16.  
Pipe Set
17.  
Killicrankie

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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)


          * = Corrections to CD liner notes


1.    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.

2.    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.

3.    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. 

4.    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.

5.    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...

6.    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

7.    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.

8.    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.

9.    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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