Glencraig Scottish Country Dance Band,
Scottish Country Dances (Ah'm Askin')
(Greentrax, 2010)

"Warning, this package contains a mood enhancing substance!"

If you are feeling a little bit low, place the contents of this plastic carton on a suitable reproduction system and be prepared to be uplifted to the point of smiling and possibly even toe tapping. If you are already in a good mood, handle with caution: it could put you into a dancing frenzy.

The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band has compiled yet another outstanding collection of music to raise the spirits as well as the instep.

Packing 16 high impact tracks onto one CD, they give excellent value. They also provide instruction on how to perform the dances to these tunes.

Here you will find jigs, reels and strathspeys to beat the band with music that will lift the soul of the non-dancer as well.

They give us the usual tunes to be expected at a lively country dance, but they also add in a few lovely surprises.

"The Plantation Reel" is a case in point. Listening to this track you will be thinking "that sounds familiar, but not as reel music," and you will be right. Carefully crafted into a nice Scottish reel you will hear "Oh Dem Golden Slippers," "Swanee" and, believe it or not, "Theme from Dallas." You might just picture JR in his kilt.

On a strathspey they slip in "The Pink Panther," and "Lanigan's Ball" pops up on a jig. I will not reveal the locations so avoid reading the listing on your first hearing and see if you spot these and a few others.

This is an album for dancers, aspiring dancers and those like me -- armchair dancers.

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music review by
Nicky Rossiter

19 February 2011

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