Dr. Angus MacDonald
Maiden Dubh an Donais (Black Sticks of the Devil)

Dr. Angus MacDonald

Dr. Angus is a world-renowned Scottish, competition piper who has been strongly influenced by the music of Cape Breton. Many years ago he came to teach piping at the Gaelic College and eventually he married a local girl. Both piping and a medical career took them back to Scotland however they do come back to Cape Breton frequently.

Angus's CD reflects diverse influences and repertoire from traditional Cape Breton dance tunes to 17th century harp music to instrumental versions of Gaelic songs to new compositions by himself and by his brothers, Iain and Allan.

Accompaniment is varied throughout - from solo pipes to a full complement of instruments.

Dr. Angus MacDonald - Highland Pipes

Allan Henderson (Fiddle)
Alasdair Fraser (Fiddle)
Natalie Haas (Cello)
Martin O'Neill (Bodhran)
Doug MacPhee (Piano)
Dave MacIsaac (Guitar)
Matheu Watson (Guitar)
Ingrid Henderson (Clarsach)


Titles below

Related Notation

Angus MacKinnon of Eigg (by Iain MacDonald)


Buntata Sgadain strathspey by Allan MacDonald


Chloes Passion (by Dr. Angus MacDonald)


Dora MacLeod (by Peter MacLeod Jr.)


Essan Cottage (by Allan Henderson)


Stornaway Castle (by Peter MacLeod Jr.)


Will The Minister Not Dance


MacFarlane's Reel



The Black Sticks of the Devil

links to select books and/or transcriptions/soundclips

1. Angus MacKinnon of Eigg (march by Iain MacDonald)
MacBeth's Strathspey (strathspey)
Stornaway Castle (reel by Peter MacLeod Jr.)

2. Dh'ith na Coin na Maragan
Reel of Tulloch
Muileann Dubh
Cailleach Liadh Ratharsair (
The Grey Old Lady of Raasay)

3. The Air Tune (by Liz Carroll), Fag a' Phiob Bhochd, The Hawk

4. Murachadh Thobha Churraig Dhuibh,
Cur na Gobhair as a'Chreig
Chuckie MacLellan (by Cameron Chisholm)

5. Roderick MacDonald's Strathspey
CBCs Glen and Carl (by Jerry Holland)
MacFarlane's Rant (aka -
MacFarlane's Reel)
Ciaran Tourish (by Jerry Holland and Dougie MacDonald)

6. John MacFadyen of Melfort, march (by John MacColl)
Dora MacLeod (strathspey, by Peter MacLeod Jr.)
The Little Cascade (reel - G.S. McLennan)

7. Con Cassidy's, An Ath Bhanais, Jimmy Ward's Jig, Nighean na Caillich

8. A Thearlaich Rig a' Chuailein Chiataich
Fear a' Choire
Manus Mor na Guaille
Flre Faire

9. Essan Cottage (by Allan Henderson)
The St Valery Pipes
Coinneach air an Stiuir

10. Highland Harry
Back of the Change House
Dan J Campbell's Reel

11. Luinneag Mhic Leoid
Chloe's Passion (by Dr. Angus MacDonald)
Co Ni Mire ri Mairi
Highland Jig

12. Kantara to El Arish
Ewe With The Crooked Horn
Sandy Cameron

The Flaggon

13. Oran Mor Mhic Leroid
Maidean Dubh' an Donais aka Black Sticks of the Devil - (by Dr. Angus MacDonald)
Will The Minister Not Dance -aka ... Nach Dannsadh am Ministear

14. Buntata's Sgadain, strathspey (by Allan MacDonald)
Jonnie Sullivan's Reel
Sir Ronald MacDonald's Reel
Mary MacDonald's Reel

15. Fr Eugene's Welcome to Cape North by Mike MacDougall
Goose Cove (by Brenda Stubbert)
Larry and Eleanor Parks (by Brenda Stubbert)

16. The Maids in the Green
Bill Lamey's Jig
Connaughtman's Rambles

17. Dhanns i Leam
A Mhaighdeann Bhreagha
South Uist Golf Club
Over The Isles To America
The Lads of Mull

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