The Cape Breton Fiddle

Music Monday takes us to Canada, ay?

At the tip of Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island, a certain style of fiddling has emerged from this little island known as…surprise…the Cape Breton style.

It is of Scottish origin, and some say the Cape Breton style is a better preservation of traditional Scottish fiddling than you will find in Scotland right now.

Not surprisingly, the music is rooted very firmly with traditional step dancing, and it seems that the fiddlers feet drive the beat, with different steps for different styles of tunes.  Its musical ornaments are most likely derived from the bagpipe.

This video is a lengthy sampler of the style from the 2002 TED conference and features Natalie MacMaster and her husband Donnell Leahy.

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[As always, thanks to Steve for pointing me to this.]

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