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Scottish Fiddle Rally
VARIOUS ARTISTS "Scottish Fiddle Rally Concert Highlights"
Greentrax CDTRAX154

This CD is subtitled Masters of Scottish and Cape Breton Fiddling, this no idle boast, the featured artistes are Buddy MacMaster, Natalie MacMaster, Jerry Holland, Alasdair Fraser, Aly Bain and the excellent Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, led by Edward Scott Pearlman, all, with the possible exception of the last, well known to readers of this magazine I'm sure. Recorded "live" at a series of concerts in Boston, USA between 1985 and 1995 this is seventy-five minutes of the finest Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music around, with artistes like these I suppose that goes without saying.

The range of styles and the multitude of tunes covered by the seventeen tracks are all played with impeccable skill, helped in no small part by the superb accompaniments provided by Hilda Chiasson, John Coakley, Mary Jessie MacDonald, Beth Murray and Jacqueline Schwab.

Apart from the great music it is the atmosphere produced by this CD that I enjoy, these are "live" recordings that really work. The audience and artistes obviously enjoyed themselves and the "feel" of the concerts is evident throughout without obtruding on the musical performance, it must have been tremendous to have been present.

There are no duds on this well produced CD. The sound quality is uniformly excellent on all tracks, quite unusual on a "live" recording, let alone one recorded over a period of ten years. I can find no fault with this most enjoyable release. Well done Greentrax for making it readily available over here. Highly recommended.

Danny Saunders

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This album was reviewed in Issue 28 of The Living Tradition magazine.