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quick, slow, slow...
on 27 July 2012
Everybody knows that Aly Bain is Scotland's finest fiddler, and Phil Cunningham its finest mullet. Between them they can work up quite a head of steam; so let's take that as read.
The problem here is the slow airs. Slow airs can make people come over a bit funny; as with poetry, they seem to take the will for the deed, and all critical judgement goes out the window. But actually, whilst a so-so reel or march will still make your toes tap, a poor air can be excruciatingly dull.
Here we have about eight of them, largely original compositions, each given a generous running time of 4 minutes plus: in all, going on for half an hour of boring interchangeable tunes, of the kind any ceilidh band leader can compose. They put a drag on this compilation that the dance sets, good as they are, can't quite lift.