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Jan 2015

Today’s Tune!

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JOHN MORRISON, ASSYNT HOUSE. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Pipe Reel. Canada; Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCDEF (Cranford, Little, Martin): AABBCCDDEEFF (Perlman). The tune was composed in the 20th century by the Scottish Pipe Major Peter MacLeod (1878-1964), born in Aird on the Isle of Lewis. His son, also Peter (1916-1974) was likewise a skilled piper and composer. The Sr. MacLeod enlisted in the 17th Cameronians Scottish Rifles and by World War I was a Pipe Major. Sent to the Middle East, he saw service in Egypt and Gallipoli. After the war he found employment as a shipwright on the Clyde, a career cut short when an accident necessitated the amputation of his right leg. However, with World War II the demand for labor found him re-employed in the shipyards, where he worked until his retirement in 1955 at the age of 77. Peter MacLeod Sr. composed some 200 pipe tunes. John Morrison, Assynt House, was a founder member of the Lewis Pipe Band, formed on the 5th. July 1904, an association that lasted his lifetime.

“John Morrison, Assynt House” was popularized among Cape Breton fiddlers through the playing of Winston ‘Scotty’ Fitzgerald, and has proven a popular and often recorded piece.

Source for notated version: Little got many of his tunes from Cape Breton style fiddler Harvey Tolman (Nelson, N.H.) [Little]; Buddy MacMaster (Cape Breton), Peter Chaisson, Sr. (North-East Kings County, PEI) and Carl & Jackie Webster (Cardigan, Central Kings County, PEI) [Perlman]; Winston Fitzgerald (1014-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 53, p. 22. John Wilson’s Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, vol. 1, 1937. Little (Scottish and Cape Breton Fiddle Music in New Hampshire), 1984; pp. 34-35. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 4, 1991; p. 11. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 106.

Recorded sources: BM-91, Buddy MacMaster – “Glencoe Hall.”

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

(from: http://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:John_Morrison_Assynt_House)


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May 2014

Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College Announces New Director of School Operations, Director of Gaelic

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Positive things continue to happen at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College, with the hiring of two new employees. Kevin Dugas has joined the staff at the Gaelic College as the new Director of School Operations. A world-class piper and piping instructor, Mr. Dugas is a member of the Colaisde na Gàidhlig piping group, Nuallan, as well as one of Canada’s premier pipe bands, 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel, based in Halifax, NS. Along with his experience in piping, Mr. Dugas boasts an impressive education, holding a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from McGill University, along with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. FX University. As the Director of School Operations, Mr. Dugas will oversee all educational programming and partnerships at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.

Fluent Gaelic-speaker, musician, and dancer Colin MacDonald has been hired as the new Director of Gaelic at the College. Mr. MacDonald continues his work at Colaisde na Gàidhlig, after serving as a Gaelic Cultural Interpreter, instructor, and education assistant throughout his time there. Coming from a family of musicians, MacDonald is a much sought-after piano and guitar accompanist, as well as an accomplished Gaelic singer, and Gaidhlig aig Baile instructor. Mr. MacDonald holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Studies from Cape Breton University, where he majored in Celtic Studies. Following graduation from CBU, MacDonald continued his studies in Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isla of Skye, Scotland. While at the Gaelic-language college, MacDonald focused on the study of Scottish Traditional Music. In addition, Mr. MacDonald has completed the Bun is Bàrr intensive Gaelic-language mentorship program offered through Gaelic Affairs. As the Director of Gaelic, MacDonald will oversee all Gaelic educational programming, including immersion, and on-site language training at the Gaelic College.