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Almost a year has passed since Cheticamp fiddler Arthur Muise passed away. One of this island’s best players, he will be long remembered. In his early years Arthur played mostly old Scottish tunes which he picked up from tapes of both Angus and Cameron Chisholm. In thh V he befriended the Stubbert family and learned many Irish tunes from them and from tapes of Johnny Wilmot. Later younger players, including both Natalie Macmaster and Ashley Macisaac, learned tunes from home tapes of Arthur and eventually recorded them on CD. Today many of those same settings circulate widely.
I learned the above tune from Northside fiddler Brent Aucoin. Brent was a close friend of Arthur and considers him to be his main influence. During his lifetime most of Arthur’s tunes were untitled. Apparentl\ when he played this one for
JP Cormier, it caught JP’S ear and so Arthur said “You like it? I’ll name it for you.”