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Best of Scottish Fiddle
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  • Personnel: Annie Grace (vocals, whistling, pipe, small pipes); Jonny Hardie (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle); Davy Cattenach (vocals, guitar, percussion); Ian F. Benzie (vocals, guitar); Brian McAlpine (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, accordion, keyboards, bass guitar); Buzzby McMillan (vocals, cittern); Lynn Morrison (vocals, piano); Alistair McCulloch (whistling, fiddle); Ross Kennedy (guitar, banjo, bouzouki); Rod Paul (guitar, banjo, mandola, mandolin); Stevie Lawrence (guitar, bouzouki, percussion); Gavin Marwick (guitar, fiddle); Charlie Harrigan (guitar); Eamonn Coyne (banjo); Aaron Jones (bouzouki); Hudson Swan, Archie Mcallister (fiddle); Fred Morrison (small pipes); Davy MacDonald (accordion); Andy Thorburn (piano, keyboards); Sheumas MacNeil (piano); Lee Agnew, James D. Taylor (drums); Marc Duff (bodhran).
  • Translators: Jeannine Blanpain; Ute Entwistle.
  • Arrangers: Davy Cattenach; Alistair McCulloch; Gavin Marwick; Jonny Hardie; Ross Kennedy; Archie Mcallister.
  • The album title might be a bit of hype -- a better name would be the "best-of Scottish fiddle that we have in our catalog" -- but there's plenty of quality in the music. There's plenty from Jonny Hardie, both as part of a trio and duo and with Old Blind Dogs, who's quite sterling on a variety of styles ("The Buzzard" is a standout). JCB pull out a set of jigs where fiddle and banjo duel, while Coila offer a gorgeous and unusual air with "Herr Roloff's Farewell," which adds a string quartet to bring a very different sound to Scottish music. In other words, there are several facets of Scots music represented, be it traditional or original compositions. In fact, it's hard to tell the difference, which is testament to the capabilities of the players. The Hudson Swan Band do wonderful things with "The Fledgling" but the star has to be Hardie, who's on six of the 15 tracks here. It's stirring, melodic stuff, with plenty of excellent playing, and it never disappoints. It's good enough to make your forget the title is hype. ~ Chris Nickson
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Dirty Linen (p.74) - "JCB, with Jerry Holland and Archie McAllister, offers a medley of tunes that join old Scotland with Nova Scotia."
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