Tutorial 86! The Mortgage Burn.

It’s Fiddle Friday! Tutorial #86 is here, and it’s a corkin’ A major reel from Cape Breton Island, called “Mortgage Burn”. It was written by Gordon MacLean and it has spread like wildfire through the session scene, appearing on recordings all over the world too.  It can be slightly tricky, but the more you listen…

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Tutorial 85! Primrose Lasses.

Hey guys! It’s hard to find much history of this tune, other than that it’s trad-Irish and was adopted by Cape Breton many moons ago. The two versions are quite different – I first heard it on a Natalie & Buddy MacMaster recording, and later by Solas. I was jamming with my brother the other…

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Tutorial 82! West Mabou Reel.

Heyo everyone! We’ve got the “West Mabou Reel” for ya, a classic Cape Breton tune 🙂 I’ve been hearing this tune forever because it’s been recorded many, many times and it’s a corker reel! It’s hard to have a jam or dance out here without hearing this tune, so I’m glad to have a tutorial…

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Tutorial 80! La Belle Catherine.

A Quebecois anthem! I’ve always loved this tune (I believe the first person I heard play it was Andre Brunet), because it’s so happy and cheery! And with the French “feet” (which I attempted in the preview recording), it’s a toe tapper for sure. This is a tune for all levels (ambitious beginners included), but…

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Tutorial 79! Put Me In The Big Chest.

After hearing this tune several times at the 47th Annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival this past weekend, I decided to turn er into a tutorial! It’s such a great beginner reel (that all levels can play), that is happy and full of energy 🙂 It’s actually one of the first reels I’ve ever learned and…

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Tutorial 78! Goolaholla! Jig + Reel

Heyo guys! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the exciting almost summer vibes ☀️ We’re still celebrating the release of our new East Pointers track, Goolaholla! Have you heard it yet (it’s ok if you haven’t ;))? CLICK HERE to check er out ???? Koady, Jake and I wrote these tunes in the summer of 2021…

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Tutorial 76! Reel de Nez Piques.

In honour of 6 Hearts upcoming tour to Louisiana (taking off tomorrow ????), I thought I’d take a crack at teaching this boppy lil Cajun tune! It’s so great and makes me smile (and the folks you play it for too :)). It was written by Michael Doucet (legendary Cajun player + composer) and I…

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Tutorial 75! Flash Away The Pressing Gang.

“Flash Away The Pressing Gang”, “Slash Away The Pressing Gang”, “Road To Lisdoonvarna”… I’ve found a few different names for this tune – do you have anymore solid info than me?! 😉 I learned this tune from my cousin Elmer, who learned it from a Solas album (Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers – great album),…

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Tutorial 73! L’Air Mignonne.

A Quebecois tune for ye’s! I love this one. Funny enough, I first heard this Canadian tune from my IMAR pals in the UK (that’s just the way it goes sometimes). If you haven’t heard their version, please go and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFalXoDhurA It’s a tune for all levels (especially because it was written slow, like…

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Tutorial 72! Spootiskerry Reel.

I’m sure a lot of you know this tune already, BUT, if you don’t you should add it to your repertoire! I didn’t realize this tune was from the Shetland Islands until recently (I did Tutorial 48, “Ray’s Classic” from the Shetland Islands last fall, another great Shetland tune), so many great tunewriters up there!…

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