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CHRIS LESLIE & BERYL MARRIOTT "The Gift" Beautiful Jo Records BEJOCD5

This is a sparky wee collection from fiddler Chris Leslie and accompanist Beryl Marriott. Their album "The Gift" features some exquisite fiddle playing on tunes composed by Leslie as well as a perhaps more formal, even "learned" approach to traditional melodies, jigs and reels.

The inventive, percussive piano accompaniment from Beryl Marriott shows her to be a musician of tempered skill and unerring judgement. So pure is the musicianship from both players that you'll perhaps find yourself at the wind up listening to each individual instrument so intently that the blending of sound can easily escape you. If this happens, it's worth simply replaying the entire CD.

John Rice

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This album was reviewed in Issue 20 of The Living Tradition magazine.