Label: Not On Label - HMDCD456 • Format: CD Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
The tunes are very off- the-cuff and spontaneous - as you can tell! Have you ever heard a CD end in mid air………….? This will be a favourite for decades to come. Playing live before knowledgeable, appreciative, and energetic crowds on two fiddles simultaneously, the music bursts forth in a torrent of passion and skill. Later, in a studio Howie added piano on some tracks and drummer Matthew Foulds.
Because the fiddling was recorded live, this is not studio-refined commercial tunes aimed for airplay, but intense, wild Cape Constitution Breakdown Medley - Ashley MacIsaac music played for the joy of it.
Three of the tracks are 13, 14, and 18 minutes long, the last one cut off abruptly as the tape recorder ran out of tape! They kept playing for another 5 minutes. How is this so expensive especially with only 7 tracks?? It may just have 7 tracks, but the second track has 17 tunes, track 6 has 15 and the final track consists of 23 tunes.
Is that not enough? Definitely thinking of getting it now. And Oh I would have loved to be at one of those performances. Very raw, very very good. Howie and Ashley have played together for many years, and they have something special.
But if you stick around the trad world long enough, you know that used recordings are just as valuable. We got a brand new unopened copy just a while ago; my fiddler daughter did a Constitution Breakdown Medley - Ashley MacIsaac for a fellow, and when she refused payment, he gave her the new copy of the CD and virgin old Howie MacDonald LPs.
Just got it. Absolutely love it! If you are a member of The Session, Proclamation On Reflection - Gentle Giant - Playing The Fool in to add a comment. Membership is free, and it only takes a moment to sign up.
Is it worth forking over such a hefty sum for this, for anyone who has it? I may consider it. Just bought it, will be sure to comment when I get it.
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