Throughout the years, tastes change and, if like mine yours has mellowed, you will find nostalgia is no bad thing particularly when it is performed with such a love and understanding for the music.
In the hands of Alisdair Fraser on fiddle and the faultless accompaniment of Paul Machlis on piano with occasional contributions from Natalie Haas cello and Todd Phillips Scottish tunes could not be in safer hands. What self-respecting Scottish fiddle album would be complete without a Scott Skinner composition or two but the research goes further including the glorious ‘Earl Grey’ by James Hill and the little known (to me at least) Charles Grant.
Another thing I didn’t know was that the well loved tune ‘The Fairy Dance’ – here given its proper title ‘Largo’s Fairy Dance’ was written by Neil Gow – and all the while I assumed it was traditional. For the musician looking for some good tunes or for those who enjoy their music honestly performed (I hope that doesn’t sound too pompous?) this is the album is for you.
Original Posting date – 4-June-2001
Reviewers Name – Pete Fyfe