1) Drive ‘er like ya stole ‘er!
Alex MacEachern’s – strathspey – Dan Hughie MacEachern
Prince of Wales – reel – Donald MacPhedran
Christy Campbell’s – reel – traditional
Michael Rankin’s – reel – John Morris Rankin (SOCAN)
Edinburgh Rock – reel – David Lim

Adam Young – piano
Jason Murdock – guitar
Andrew Tyne – banjo, mandolin

This is a thank you set for the Celtic Colours Drivers Association, who made this album possible. I learned the first tune from Howie MacDonald, and rearranged the second reel from its standard strathspey setting. The final tune was learned from the playing of Manchester flute player Michael McGoldrick.

2) Greenberg Jigs
Jackie and Mamie’s jig – David Greenberg (SOCAN)
F. X. Kennedy “Big Alex” MacDonald “Miramichi” – jig – David Greenberg (SOCAN)
Oh dear, what can the matter be? – jig - traditional

Andrew Tyne - guitar

There is something about David Greenberg’s tunes; they treat a listener to a melody that is technically complex, yet simple and lively. It might be attributed to his musical versatility not only as a wicked Cape Breton traditional fiddler, but as a classical and baroque player. The last tune is easily recognizable, but the variations were added by Angus Chisholm. The talented Andrew Tyne joins me on his shiny new Martin guitar.

3) Newmill Brig
Newmill Brig – strathspey – William MacPherson
Sir John Whiteford’s – strathspey – Neil Gow
J. H. Alexander – reel – Hector MacAndrew
Lady Gordon of Gordonstown – William Morrison

Jason Kempt – piano
Jason Murdock - guitar

Thanks to the Elgin Strathspey and Reel society in north-eastern Scotland, the music and compositions of William Morrison have been well preserved on CD and in a book titled “The Elgin Fiddler”. I found the second strathspey in one of Gow’s collections at Cape Breton University’s Beaton Institute. I found the first reel in the Winston Fitzgerald collection and the final tune I learned from my first fiddle teacher Sandy MacIntyre.

4) Les tounes acadiennes
La reel de la Baie Sainte-Marie – Augustin Robicheau
La reel à dan – Daniel Leblanc
Big John MacNeil – reel – Peter Milne

Adam Young – piano
Jason Murdock – guitar
christine doucet – feet

As a student studying French at Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, NS, I was lucky to be introduced to the “style acadjonne” played by other up-and-coming Acadian fiddlers like Sebastien Dol, Christal Thibault and Natalie Saulnier. I’ve paired two tunes from “la Baie” by the late Augustin Robicheau and Grand Dérangement’s lead fiddler Daniel LeBlanc with the last tune, which is well known in both the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddling traditions.

5) Jerry Jigs
Traditional – jig
Jerry Holland’s jig – Howie MacDonald (SOCAN)
Jerry’s Pipe jig – Jerry Holland (SOCAN)

Adam Young - piano

I learned the first and last tunes while studying at the Gaelic College, the first tune from the playing of piper Bruce MacPhee. Howie’s compositions have a great feel for dancing, whether in a square set or in a skin-tight Elvis costume. Howie, you whilll keep making those dyandy tunes.

6) Trolley’s Reel
Trolley’s reel – Colin Grant (SOCAN)
Balmoral Castle – Alexander Walker
Ruidhlidh Na Colich Dhubha – traditional

Adam Young – piano
Jason Murdock – guitar
Andrew Tyne – banjo

For Jason, Adam, Tyne and I, this set turned out to be one of our favourites to record. These three guys put in a lot of time and hard work into making me sound good, and I appreciate it every time we play. I composed the first tune for Troy MacGillivray, a talented fiddler and piano player from Antigonish after a lively but slightly uncomfortable gig in Halifax. I found the second tune in the Alexander Walker collection, and the final tune I learned from the playing of Mairi Rankin and Glenn Graham. Can someone help me to pronounce that?

7) There’s A Lady
There’s A Lady – march – Colin Grant and Jason Kempt (SOCAN)

Jason Kempt – piano & keyboards

We composed this tune for Wendie Muise, a talented singer and actress with Cape Breton band The Accents who passed away from cancer in June 2006. She was a lively and kind-hearted woman who will be remembered first and foremost for her boundless energy and wicked sense of humour, in addition to her innumerable contributions to the community of Glace Bay in music and theatre. The name of the tune is based on a song of the same name that was written for Wendie by close friend and Accents singer Jennifer Crocker.

8) Jingrant on the Sheepskin Fiddle
Old Adam – jig – P/M Donald Shaw Ramsay
The Price of a Pig – jig – traditional arr. Dr. Angus MacDonald
The 3rd period – jig – John Grant
Traditional – jig – source: Alex Currie
Marie MacInnis’ – jig – Dan Hughie MacEachern

John Grant – highland pipes
Colin Grant - guitar

My father, John Grant, grew up in Halifax and was the middle of a family of three boys to take up playing the bagpipes. He has enjoyed forty years of piping both as an amateur solo player and with numerous pipe bands, including the Clan MacFarlane, a grade one band in St. Catharines, Ontario. The third tune in this set is one that came to him while watching a hockey game that my sister Gillian was playing at the Mabou Arena. Other jigs in this set were found in the Gathering of the Clans piping collection, published by Barry Shears.

9) Bee Flat
The Bee’s Wing – hornpipe – James Hill
Lady Madelina Sinclair’s Birthday – reel – traditional
Memories of Dan Beaton – reel – Ronald Gillis
Colonel McBain – reel – 18th century Scottish
Touch Me If You Dare – reel – traditional

Adam Young – piano
Jason Murdock – guitar
Andrew Tyne – banjo

Here are a few more from the repertoire of Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald that seemed to fit well together. The final tune I learned from J.P. Cormier’s album “Now That The Work Is Done”.

10) From Glencoe to Skye
A Night In Skye – march – Colin Grant (SOCAN)
Lights Out At Glencoe – strathspey – Colin Grant (SOCAN)
Welcome Sara Malaney – strathspey – David Greenberg (SOCAN)
Good Boy Yourself – reel - Kinnon Beaton (SOCAN)
The Lion’s Den – reel – Ward Allan MacDonald (SOCAN)
The Bride’s reel – J. Scott Skinner

Adam Young – piano
Jason Murdock – guitar

The first two tunes in this set were composed after parties at Sabhal Mhor Ostaig (Isle of Skye, Scotland) in 2004, and at the Glencoe Mills hall in 2002, when a power outage didn’t deter some persistent dancers from continuing the square sets down on the low road in the beams of car headlights. I learned the third tune from David and Doug MacPhee’s recording Tunes Until Dawn. Besides being one of my favourite dance players, Kinnon Beaton happens to be a tunemaking machine, and this is one of his many great B minor tunes. I found Ward’s tune in Jerry Holland’s second collection, and the last reel is a Winston Fitzgerald corker.

11) Bobby Cuthbertson
Bobby Cuthbertson – hornpipe – P/M John Wilson
The Cottonwood reel – traditional
The Castle – hornpipe – King Colbath

Allie Bennett – guitar, upright bass
Adam Young - piano

I’m very fortunate to have my fiddle and guitar teacher Allie Bennett on guitar and upright bass for this set. The first and last tunes are Winston Fitzgerald standards and the second tune is a traditional American hornpipe that came to Cape Breton during the 1920s from the northeastern States.

12) Off the Beaton Track
Lady Charlotte Bruce – strathspey – William Shepherd
Duchess of Athole – strathspey – Neil Gow
Yester House – strathspey – traditional
Lady Erskine – reel – James Walker
Miss McLauchlan – reel – John Bowie
Jenny Sutton’s – reel – Neil Gow

Adam Young - piano

The Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University in Sydney is home to a huge collection of manuscripts, books, and recordings of Scottish and Cape Breton music; and I was lucky to be able to find all the tunes used in this set in some of their old collections . A big thank you goes out to the staff members at the Beaton for their help; Anne Connell, Anne MacLean, and Sheldon MacInnes. This track was also featured in Cape Breton Lyrics and Laughter, a music and comedy production I’ve been a part of for five summers now. This track can also be found on Lyrics & Laughter’s self-titled CD, released in June 2006.

13) Killiecrankie
Killiecrankie – march – traditional

Adam Young – piano
Allie Bennett – upright bass

This tune commemorates the Battle of Killiecrankie; fought and won by the Jacobites on July 27, 1689. I first learned it from Allie, but later became more attached to it after hearing Cape Breton piper John MacLean’s father Johnny “Washabuck” MacLean play it on a house party tape.

14) Little Sara Drove the Model T Up Anthony’s Hill
The Model T – jig – Allie Bennett/Ashley MacIsaac (SOCAN)
Little Sara – jig – Dave Panting (SOCAN)
Anthony’s Hill – jig – Ian MacDougall

Jason Kempt – piano
Mike Fougere - guitar

Mike Fougere is a good friend and talented player from Truro who has put up with me through four years at Sainte-Anne. These are a few tunes we’ve always played at the Tuesday night jam sessions at the campus bar. I first heard the Model T jig on Mary Jane Lamond’s album Bho Thìr Nan Craobh (From the Land of the Trees) and later learned it from Allie. The second tune comes from the band Rawlins Cross and the last tune I learned from Ian’s debut CD “From Foot Cape”. Come to think of it, I think Ian was at that party in Glencoe too; but it was real dark, so I’m not sure.

15) The Bow and Arrow set (live)
Clochandicter – march – Charlie Sherrit
Daft Willie Dawson – strathspey – John Lowe
Traditional - strathspey
Iggie and Squiggie – reel – Jerry Holland (SOCAN)
Sir David Davidson of Cantray – reel – John Lowe
Johnnie Finlay – reel – Donald R. Riddell
Freddie’s reel – John Morris Rankin (SOCAN)

Jeff Gosse – fiddle
Adam Young – piano
Jason Murdock - guitar

The Bow and Arrow pub on Yonge street in Toronto is where the family always went on Sunday afternoons for our weekly dose of Cape Breton tunes, songs and square sets (on a 5 x 10 foot dance floor?) with my fiddle teacher Sandy MacIntyre and the Steeped in Tradition band. I always aspired to play half as well as my buddy Jeff Gosse, who was ripping off Tulluchgorum at the ripe old age of 12. It was a privilege to play with this guy, and it still is – when he visits Cape Breton every summer. To this date he still doesn’t have a CD; hey Jeff, what’s up with that anyway?

Thank you

To the musicians who contributed their talents to this album: Adam Young, Allie Bennett, Andrew Tyne, Christine Doucet, Jason Kempt, Jason Murdock, Jeff Gosse, John Grant, and Mike Fougere. You are all awesome.

To the studio audience for their time: Ainslie & Cheryl MacSween, Amy Boyko, Anne-Louise Campbell, Anthony, Dan (Jim) MacLean, Jennifer and Freda Young, Joanne and Jerrianne Dunlop.

To the Lakewind boys: Mike Shepherd for all his time and effort (and the occasional inspirational karaoke tune), and Fred Lavery for contributing the studio time to the bursary that made this all possible.

To the Festival Volunteer Drive’er Association: who so generously donate their time and effort at the Celtic Colours festival, and then put the benefits from those efforts back into the Cape Breton traditional music scene by initiating this bursary. A huge thank-you to all the drivers, particularly Don MacAulay, Todd MacAulay, and Blair Brown, you fellas are awesome and I can never thank you enough for making this project possible.

To my parents, my sister, my grandmothers, and the clan: for taking me to lessons, encouraging me, and putting up with all the squeaky tunes.

…and to everyone else: the Accents, Angela Choiring, Angela MacDonald, Beverly MacLean, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, Clara Schrantz, Clay Carmichael, Colin Clarke, Dan and Vonnie MacDonald, Dara Smith, Donald Ferguson, Dorothy Mombourquette, Duncan MacMillan, the ECMAs, Eric Angus Whyte, First United Church, the Gaelic College, Gilles Boudreau, Howie MacDonald, the Island Mania cast and crew, Jason MacDonald, James Raoul, Jean-Louis Belliveau, Jeff Whyte, Jérémie Goguen, Joella Foulds, Jocelyn Lewis, Johannes Sturm, Kay Batherson, Keith Burton, Kelly MacArthur, Kimberley Fraser, the Louisbourg Playhouse society, Luc Tardif, the MacSweens, Matthew MacLellan, Mark MacIntyre and the Kintyre boys, Martina Marsh, Martine Girard, Meaghan Grant, Michael and Linda Clarke, Michelle Mills, Nancy MacLean, the National Artists Program, Patrice Boulianne and the Blou boys, Paul Cranford, Sandy MacIntyre, the Saulniers, Shaun LeBlanc, Something About Angus, Stan Chapman, Steve Peer and Laurie Jones, Stewart MacDonald, the Sydney Gaelic Society, Université Sainte-Anne, Wanda Earhart, all of my fiddle students and their families in “la Baie” and at home, all the tune composers, all you folks who enjoy and support traditional music, and of course, God, for just about everything.

This album is dedicated to the memory of my great aunts, the late Zena Bleeker and the late Betsy Teulings.

Produced by Colin Grant and Mike Shepherd
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Sheppy @ Lakewind Sound, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in July & August 2006; except # 12, recorded by Carter Chaisson and Jamie Foulds @ Soundpark Studios, Coxheath, Cape Breton.
Photos and graphic design by Jaret MacNeil
Manufacturing by MMS Atlantic

Colin acknowledges the generous financial support of Lakewind Sound Studios and the Festival Volunteer Drive’er Association.

Colin plays a Clay Carmichael violin, made in Tarbot, Cape Breton.

Colin Grant – fiddle, acoustic guitar on # 8
Adam Young – piano
Jason Murdock – acoustic guitar
Andrew Tyne – banjo, mandolin, guitar on # 2
Jason Kempt – piano & keyboards on # 3, 7, 13
Allie Bennett – upright bass on # 11, 14, guitar on #11
Jeff Gosse – fiddle on # 15
John Grant – highland pipes on # 8
Mike Fougere – guitar on # 13
Christine Doucet – feet on # 4