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Buddy MacMaster – The Judique Flyer
The Judique Flyer by Buddy MacMaster, Cape Breton’s master fiddler featuring the island’s finest piano accompanists.
The Judique Flyer was a steam-driven passenger train that replaced the old stagecoach line running between Inverness and Point Tupper on Cape Breton ‘s west coast. In 1938, fiddler Buddy MacMaster boarded The Judique Flyer to return home from Troy after playing his first dance. From that time Buddy’s reputation as a fiddler spread up and down the Judique line. In 1943, Buddy took a job as a telegrapher and traveling station agent with the CNR, working in stations from Truto to Inverness. For the next forty years the railroad would nurture his reputation as a generous fiddler and today he is recognized as the world’s leading exponent of the Cape Breton fiddle style. Joining him on this recording are many of the accompanists he has played with throughout his sixty-year career as a master of the fiddle. Track List: 1 – Donald Angus Beaton Set – accompanied by Joey Beaton 2 – Alex MacDonnell’s Favorite – accompanied by Betty Lou Beaton 3 – Captain O’Kane – accompanied by Tracey Dares 4 – St. Elmo Clog Set – accompanied by Marie MacLellan 5 – Memories of Father Charles MacDonald – accompanied by Maybelle Chisholm MacQueen 6 – Paulette Bissonnette Set – accompanied by Dave MacIsaac 7 – The Little Pickle – accompanied by Joel Chiasson 8 – Trip to Mabou Ridge – accompanied by Jackie Dunn 9 – E Minor Jigs – accompanied by MacMorin 10 – Father John Angus Rankin Set – accompanied by Hilda Chiasson 11 – Mrs. Ferguson of Reaths – accompanied by Mary Jessie MacDonald 12 – The Second Star Hornpipe Set – accompanied by Howie MacDonald 13 – The Lockerbie Lament – accompanied by Doug MacPhee 14 – Duncan Johnstone Set – accompanied by Mary Elizabeth MacInnis