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About this tune

James Scott Skinner composed Angus Campbell as a reel to follow in medley his well-known strathspey, Laird o’ Drumblair. The reel can be regarded as a musical variation of the strathspey. Its probable first publication was in Skinner’s Harp & Claymore (1903-4), and it was re-published in Skinner’s more widely circulated work, The Scottish Violinist (c. 1910). Skinner recorded the tune several times between 1899 and 1922.

Angus Campbell has been circulating on PEI for at least a few generations. Observe that the melody for the high-turn has undergone a subtle evolution in both the Attwood O’Connor and Dennis Pitre renditions. In short, these versions both feature strong a E-major (V-chord) arpeggio in the second phrase instead of the B-minor (II-chord) arpeggio from Skinner’s original version.

Notation for this tune as played by Francis MacDonald is in Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island.

Tune Selections

Chaisson, Peter - 'Old' - Miss Lyall Strathspey / Miss Lyall Reel / Angus Campbell / Picnic Reel Accompanied by: Ken Perlman, bjo
Northeast Kings
Gotell, Wilfred - Pride of the Ball / Angus Campbell / Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Boston Accompanied by: Kevin Gotell, pno
Central Kings
Hughes, Earl - EarlHughes Strathspey #1 / Mr. Murray / King's Reel / St. Kilda Wedding / Angus Campbell / Speed the Plough Accompanied by: Joan Hughes pno & Gary Hughes gtr
Eastern Queens
O'Connor, Attwood - Angus Campbell Accompanied by: Stanley Bruce, gtr
South Kings
Pitre, Dennis - Angus Campbell Accompanied by: Vincent Doucette, gtr
West Prince