All Fired Up
Firebird Records FBR 005
1.Since a very young age I have been taken around the south of England following morris sides on dance tours and to festivals; often (as a child) with no choice. I grew to really enjoy it, but for me my favourite thing was the evening after a morris tour going out to a dance. I remember the excitement of getting out of my parents' car and approaching the venue and hearing the distant sound of the band playing for the dance. It was like a little taste of what was to come.
Ruardean Sword Bearer's Tune / Getting Upstairs / 29th of May (24 bar polkas); 2. Shepherd Boy's March / Sheffield Hornpipe / The High Tea (hornpipes) ; 3. Blue Morning / Madeleine's Waltz / Larry's Waltz (waltzes); 4. Reunion Jig / Sarah's Jig / Fox & Geese (jigs); 5. Alexandra Park / Mount Hills / Ganglåt från Mockförd (hornpipes); 6. Nantwich Fair / Enfield Wash / Spirit of the Dance (jigs); 7. Pearl O'Shaughnessy's Barndance (banrndance); 8. Neil Taylor's Jig / Ann and Albert's Silver Wedding / Gallowglass Rant (jigs); 9. Tanner Man / Kentish Cricketers / Tip Top Hornpipe (polkas); 10. Lang Johnny Moir / Old Man Quinn / Horse Keane's Hornpipe (hornpipes); 11. Success to the Campaign / The Squall / Royal Burlesque (reels); 12. Snowy Monday / Giga Ferrarese / My Darling Asleep (jigs); 13. Laddie wi' the Plaidie / Will Atkinson's Schottische (24 bar schottisches); 14. King Columb's Sword / The Little Diamond / Hunt the Squirrel (polkas); 15. Mike's (Untitled) Barndance / Dances at Kinvarra (barndances).
Listening to All Fired Up took me straight back to those times. This record has a lovely, well thought out selection of tunes from both the British isles and beyond. The music is that of friends playing in the moment in a traditional English style which to my ears is charming. It's like listening in to a good pub session. It is not highly polished and honed, and it would sound wrong if it were. They have produced a lovely record of good honest dance music and I for one would be happy to dance to them.
Andy Cutting - 25.7.16
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