Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham|
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
This recording of all-instrumental, unaccompanied duets includes songs both old and new, but everything is squarely traditional. There are hundreds and hundreds of albums of instrumental Celtic tunes, but very few that d... more »
This recording of all-instrumental, unaccompanied duets includes songs both old and new, but everything is squarely traditional. There are hundreds and hundreds of albums of instrumental Celtic tunes, but very few that distill the sheer beauty of the music so potently. Neither of these musicians is much interested in showing off how fast or fancy they can play; instead they devote themselves to finding the link between melody and emotion. Whether it's Phil's gorgeous slow air, "Quendale Bay," or a 19th-century tribute to the Scottish River Spey, the melodies are articulated so elegantly that even nonfans of the genre should respond. --Geoffrey Himes
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"The slow tunes of Phil Cunningham are poignant and delightful on this recording. "Quendale Bay", "Belle Mere's Waltz" and "The Pearl" are breathtakingly beautiful and linger in the memory for ages. Aly's playing on the slow tunes is exquisite - a light sensitive touch and Phil's accompaniment superb. The faster tunes are also first class and overall this is one of the most relaxing instrumental albums in my considerable collection. If you like it, and you should, then "The Ruby" by the same pair and Aly's solo "Lonely Bird" are just as good."
The Pearl is a true jewel
Sharon E. Cathcart | San Jose, CA United States | 06/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having long been a fan of Silly Wizard and Boys of the Lough, you may imagine how delighted I was to have an opportunity to see Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham perform recently. I purchased both of their CDs thereafter. The Pearl is notable, in my opinion, not only for good music but for a good-humored treatment of old standards. For instance, the bagpipe march "Flett from Flotto" is arranged as a schottische ... and it works quite well! Fans of Bain and Cunningham should not be without this CD."