Ever get one of those nagging earworms, tunes that stick in your head and never want to leave? I’ve been playing Big John McNeil quite a bit on the banjo and it’s been rolling around my little brain since yesterday afternoon. Big John McNeil is of Scottish origin, but it is often associated with Canadian fiddling. I’ve read that in Manitoba this tune is sometimes called the Metis National Anthem. It’s a great tune, one of those I could listen to 100 times in a row and never get bored of it.
Here’s a lovely fiddle version by Patrick Ross, a fiddler from Vermont.