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VARIOUS ARTISTS "Heat the Hoose" Tartan Tapes CDTT1004

These are good times for the enthusiast of recorded Scots Fiddle music. There have been many exceptional releases in the last year and "Heat the Hoose" is one of the best.

Recorded live in Edinburgh at Fiddle '97, the second festival of Scots fiddle, "Heat the Hoose" contains thirteen sets from some of the finest of todays' exponents. From the wonderfully atmospheric opening track from Alasdair Fraser to the excitement of the closing track from Chris Stout a little over forty-six minutes later the quality of performance never flags. Whatever the style - and there are several - and the choice of tunes (nearly thirty) everything is played with great skill and feeling maintaining interest and listening pleasure throughout. I am not going to pick out individual tracks for comment - that wouldn't achieve anything - as I've said they are all excellent. If you like Scots Fiddle Music in all its many guises, all performed beautifully, I recommend "Heat the Hoose" to you.

Just a word on the production. The sound quality is excellent on all tracks, live recordings are not what they used to be, thank goodness. The notes give a little background information on the performers and everything is well presented. This is a fine addition to the growing body of recorded fiddle music.

Danny Saunders

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This album was reviewed in Issue 30 of The Living Tradition magazine.