Angus Campbell

As played by Bob Walters from the Nebraska region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Bob Walters Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


Recording of Bob Walters found on the Slippery-Hill website (this tune is unnamed breakdown #41 on that page)


I had originally identified this tune as Burt County Breakdown, but a reader pointed out that this is actually the Scottish tune Angus Campbell (composed by Scottish fiddler James Scott Skinner, according to the Fiddler's Companion).  Walters may have composed Burt County Breakdown based on this tune, leading to the confusion.

If anyone has a recording of Bob Walters playing the actual Burt County Breakdown, please let me know as I'd like to transcribe it.

The following YouTube videos are of Burt County Breakdown, and are too good remove.

Here's a YouTube video of Marc Rennard playing Burt County Breakdown:

And here's another YouTube video of this tune being played in a South Carolina style:


Jim D 2013-02-15 01:24:20
There is some question as to the origin of this tune. It may have Celtic origins and be the inception of Scottish composer, J Scott Skinner, entitled, "Angus Campbell".