Today I would like to present the website Cape Breton Sessions in Ottawa. Each week musicians meet for a session with folk tunes from Cape Breton. The music which is regularly played is available as a book of sheet music with today 52 sets of three to six tunes each.
Recordings from the Cape Breton Session have been made available in the youtube channel. As an example I have selected the following video with a slow tune that’s a favorite of mine – Hector the Hero. The text for the video says: “Parker Duchemin, one of the regulars at the session plays Hector the Hero for a visiting friend of his. The rest of the group joins in partway through.”
The sheet music can be found on page “Tunes”, search for “Full Book” to get the complete book as one document. You can also find a collection of popular Christmas tunes.
Youtube Channel Ottawa Cape Breton Sessions
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index
On the website of the Cape Breton Session you can also find a link to the website by Alan Snyder who has compiled a huge database of recordings of Cape Breton tunes. You can find also the beginning of each tune in sheet music and a midi version of the tune.
A lot of informations as well as sheet music compilations can be found on the website Cranford Publication: http://www.cranfordpub.com/
“Cranford Publications specializes in Celtic fiddle music from Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland. Proprietor Paul Cranford is a fiddler, composer and retired lightousekeeper well-grounded in the traditions of music he sells, performs and arranges.”
Finally a playlist with Cape Breton tunes that I have compiled.
Historical recordings of Cape Breton tunes in the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/78rpm?and%5B%5D=cape+breton&sin=