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Fitzgerald, Winston: Classic Cuts
  • Fitzgerald, Winston: Classic Cuts

Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald (1914–1987) was a renowned Cape Breton fiddler. He was a pioneer in recorded performances of the music, and has heavily influenced the style and repertoire of later generations of players.

Fitzgerald was born on February 16, 1914 at White Point, Victoria County, Nova Scotia, a remote fishing village on the northeastern tip of Cape Breton Island. His parents were of Irish-French descent. Both his father and older brother played the violin, and Winston began to take an interest in playing at age eight. His first public performance was at a picnic at age twelve. The Fitzgeralds worked as fishermen in the summer, and in the 1930s Winston also worked at the shipyards in Halifax in the winter. During this time, Winston played radio shows and tours with Hank Snow for about two and a half years.

Winston served a stint in the army during World War II, then settled in Sydney after the war. He took a correspondence course from the U.S. School of Music, learning a lot of useful bowing techniques. In 1947, he formed a group called the "Radio Entertainers" with Beattie Wallace (piano) and Estwood Davidson (guitar). The group recorded numerous 78s, as well as four LPs. As he became better known, Winston also got exposure playing on the "Cliff MacKay" and "Don Messer" shows. Later, he played as part of the Cape Breton Symphony on The John Allan Cameron Show. Never a full-time musician, he worked at a variety of jobs, including cooking, carpentry, and aluminum siding work.

Many of Winston's recordings are out of print, but a selection culled from his albums has been reissued as Classic Cuts. A significant portion of his repertoire has been preserved in a book called Winston Fitzgerald: A Collection of Fiddle Tunes.


1. Welcome to Your Feet Again
Welcome to Your Feet Again
The Bonnie Lass of Fisherrow (Daniel Dow)
The Bird's Nest

2. Highland Jig
Highland Jig
So I'm Off with the Good St. Nicholas Boat (Skinner)

3. Sleepy Maggie
Miss Ann MacCormack (Dan R. MacDonald)
Sleepy Maggie

4. The Marchioness of Huntley
The Marchioness of Huntly (Wm. Marshal)
Miss Maule (MacIntosh)
Lady Glenorchy (Duncan MacKercher)

5. MacNabb's
McNabb's Hornpipe (aka - Crossing the Minch by Doanld Macleod)
Farmer's Daughter

6. Henderson Medley
James F. Dickie's Delight (J. Murdoch Henderson)
James Scott Skinner (J. Murdoch Henderson)
Mrs. E. MacLeod (James Walker)

7. Alexander Walker Medley
The Mill of Newe (Alexander Walker)
Mrs. J. Forbes (Alexander Walker)

8. Winston Jigs
Jimmy MacKinnon of Smelt Brook
Scotch Cove

9. D reels
Bonnie Isabel Robertson (James Daniel)
John Howat (Hugh Dunlop)

10. C lassic B flat
Mrs. Menzies of Culdare (Niel Gow)
Welcome Whiskey Back Again (Niel Gow)
Captain Keeler

11. B flat hornpipes
Gramin (Skinner)
Mr. R. Cato

12. Caber Feidh
The Haggis (Simon Fraser)
Caber Feidh

13.The Iron Man
The Iron Man (Skinner)
Riddrie
Mrs. Douglas of Ednam

14. Capers
Tom MacCormack
Capers

15. more B flat hornpipes
The Firefly
The Horn

16. Archie Menzies
Archie Menzies (John Lowe)
Fisher's

17. Trip to Windsor
The St. Kilda Wedding
Trip to Windsor (Dan R. MacDonald)

18. Bonnie Kate
Mist on the Loch
Bonnie Kate

19. Antigonish Polkas
Antigonish Polka #1
Antigonish Polka #2

20. G hornpipes
McDonaugh's
Slievman's

21. Crossing to Ireland
Crossing to Ireland
Rights of Man

22. Stirlingshire Militia
Stirlingshire Militia
The Green Fields of White Point (by Winston Fitzgerald)

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Fitzgerald, Winston: Classic Cuts

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