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Jim Lindsay, Keith Smith & Muriel Johnstone

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Moments in Time

Musicians: Jim Lindsay (accordion), Keith Smith (fiddle), Muriel Johnstone (piano),

A Wee Nothin’ / More Than Nothin’ 8x32J (Acc/Piano)
Haggarty’s Brig 4x32S (Acc/Piano )
The Pawling Porch / A Double Measure 8x32R (Fiddle/Acc/Piano)
The Union Jig / The Comeback Jig 8x32J (Acc/Piano)
Cardross House 8x32S (Fiddle/Acc/Piano)
The Cast’n Reel 8x32R (Acc/Piano)
The Silver Hamer / Dr Quarrie’s Birthday 3x32S (Acc/Piano)
The Diamond Quarrie/The Penny Whistle Hornpipe 8x32R (Fiddle/Acc/Piano)
It’s About Time / The Falkirk Lass 8x32S (Fiddle/Acc/Piano)
The Greenbelt Jig 8x32J (Acc/Piano)
Pinewoods Transitions 8x40R (Acc/Piano)
Mr Gallamore’s Strathspey 4x32S (Fiddle/Acc/Piano)
Tine’s Jig 8x32J (Fiddle/Acc/Piano)
Four’s a Score / The Road to the Border 8x32R (Acc/Piano)

There is a book of 21 dances to go with this CD. All dances devised by Elaine Brunken.

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20-03-2015

Moments in Time

On their latest CD, Jim and Muriel, both erstwhile key members of
Bobby Crowe’s Band, with Keith Smith on
fiddle for several tracks, form a true chamber group, equal partners throughout. Muriel’s extraordinary originality and productivity is in evidence, not just in composition, with 35 of her tunes across the 14 dances, many of them new, but also in the interpretation: throughout the recording the music is enlivened by counter-melodies, doubling on the piano, light and shade within tunes, and delightful harmonies, all backed by the fundamental security of rhythm that is a hallmark of Muriel’s playing. The playing is really beautiful, and I particularly enjoyed the lilt of the jigs. There’s a really slick cascade of triplets in a version of Scott Skinner’s Dr Gordon Stables’ Reel in the set for The Pawling Porch/A Double Measure. The most valid comparison would be with Muriel’s early Dancing Fingers recordings, except here with accordion (and in some cases fiddle) substituting for one of the multi-tracked piano parts on those iconic releases.
The dances are taken from Moments in Time, a collection of dances by Elaine Brunken. Born in Falkland, Elaine has been in the US for over 35 years, and the dances have been written over the last 14 years for a variety of friends in a great variety of places. Several of the dances contain unusual variations on movements, for example mirror reels of four, but there are also easier dances that may be useful for teaching purposes. One thing to note: the 14 tracks are representing 21 dances, so seven of them double up for two dances, with both originals played within the set.
Jeremy Hill
RSCDS London Branch
Published in the Reel

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Moments in Time CD

Moments in Time CD

Jim Lindsay, Keith Smith & Muriel Johnstone