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Brand spankin' new CD of Scottish Country Dance music is now available! The tracks include traditional, modern, and brand new tunes. The musicians are all avid dancers and so they know how they want their music to feel and fit the dance. Great stuff! 

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The band's final agreement about each track was:


1. On the Wings of a Skorie 8 x 32 Reel  
An exciting ride. Hot reels that show off the fiddlers.

2. Couple of Keepers 3 x 32 Strathspey  
Passionate, strong with gentle moments. Wide range. Cello!

3. The Jig is Up 8 x 32 Jig
Playful, joyous. Single melody versus duets, fun textures.

4. Ice on the Lake Waltz  
Sweet relaxation. Ice skating outside a French café.  

5. Excited States 8 x 32 Reel  
Showy, rollicking ride with kickback joy.

6. Linnea’s Strathspey 8 x 32 Strathspey
Formal, elegant, lush, inevitable. Includes string quartet. 

7. Those Eyes 8 x 32 Jig
Unexpected, unique. Quirky, fun. 

8. Sweet Garden Waltz  
Classic, elegant, lush, warm, romantic.  

9. City of Belfast 6 x 32 Strathspey
Sublime, gorgeous. Our most-requested Strathspey

10. On the Boardwalk 8 x 32 Reel
Fun! Rockin’ syncopation. 
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11. Chased Lovers 8 x 32 Jig
Traditional tune followed by bluesy surprises.

12. Dancin’ In the Rain 4 x 32 Strathspey
Wistful, longing pathos.

13. Kristi’s Conundrum 8 x 32 Jig
Spooky, ghostly, chromatic.

14. The Long & The Short of It 4x32S + 4x32R  
Starts processional, wedding-like, moves into the fireworks reception!

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15-12-2016

Excited States

The album features all the dances from the book, plus waltzes, Linnea‟s Strathspey (8x32S) and City of Belfast (6x32S).

From the San Francisco Bay area, StringFire! comprises violinists James MacQueen and Annie Rodier, Erik Ievins on cello and bass, and Patti Cobb (piano). I hadn‟t heard them before this, their second release, which showcases some quite beautiful playing, and real vivid style. To quote their website: “They're all classically trained, all write tunes and have superb improvisational skills – creating an out-of-the-ordinary groove you won't want to miss!”

If you enjoy, for example, Alasdair Fraser or Keith Smith with Muriel Johnstone, you will get a lot out of this album, both for dancing and listening. The cello adds variety in a really rich sound, and all get their moments in the spotlight. Tunes include the quirky and modern, alongside traditional, and familiar. Highly recommended!
Published by Jeremy Hill, in The Reel, RSCDS London Branch

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Brand spankin' new CD of Scottish Country Dance music is now available! The tracks include traditional, modern, and brand new tunes. The musicians are all avid dancers and so they know how they want their music to feel and fit the dance. Great stuff! 

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