Gillis, Angus Allan - Don Side/ Lady Georgina Campbell // Johnnie Cope

Format: 78
Label: Celtic Music Co. 008
Year: 1935
Origin: Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Genre: celtic, cape breton fiddle
Value of Original Title: $250.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: 78 rpm
Websites:  No
Playlist: Celtic traditional, Cape Breton, 1930's


Side 1

Track Name
Don Side - Lady Georgina Campbell

Side 2

Track Name
Johnnie Cope



Gillis, Alex A. / Don Side/ Lady Georgina Campbell // Johnnie Cope


Don Side/ Lady Georgina Campbell // Johnnie Cope


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Angus Allan Gillis (1897 – 1978) was from Gillisdale , Cape Breton Island, NS.

He worked hard on his dairy farm and also cut pulpwood (with an axe) during the day and then he would play the fiddle at dances until 1:00 AM. He was always a gentleman and was also supportive of the younger players unlike a lot of the old guys. He was a good family man with six daughters. He was an excellent fiddler and his bowing was admired greatly by the great Angus Chisholm and others. He was a recording pioneer making four 78 RPM records for Celtic in 1935, 3 solo and one duet with Dan J. Campbell.

These guys were local heros in the day before radio or records and it was a big thing when they expanded their audience with broadcasted performances.

You can see Angus Allan Gillis in action here at a Ceilidh in SW Margaree

Don Side & Lady Georgina Campbell Key of G strathspey and reel published in the Skye Collection. Don Side refers to the Don River, Scotland. A A dazzles with fancy bowing and left-hand ornamentation.

Johnnie Cope (Hey! Johnnie Cope). March with variations. The Scots under Bonnie Prince Charlie trounced the English under Sir John Cope KB (1690 – 1760 ) at the Battle of Prestonpans in the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.
-John W. MacDonald


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