Glad you're enjoying the Music Makars. They have a real following in
How did your Summer Assembly go this year?
> Martin Sheffield writes in reply to Bryan McAlister: > > > I'm a M(usic) M(akars) fan too and quite agree. But keep your > > head down north of the border, or you're going to get yourself > > shot!!! > > Away wi' ye, Martin. Or, if you prefer, stuff and nonsense. > I had the great privilege of MCing with the The Music Makars playing > at the dance at Castle Menzies earlier this month. Plenty of locals > present and I don't know one who didn't enjoy him(her)selves. A > great night and a challenging one for the band too as the programme > had been devised by Marjorie McLaughlin using all the published > dances from the Menzies Manuscript and a few other from the same > period: a lot of work for Etienne arranging unfamiliar music which > he did brilliantly. > > No, it's not exactly the same sound as you get from a local band but > what's wrong with that? I am reminded of the story of the late > Richard Feynman, physicist and drummer extraordinary who found > himself in the Mardi Gras procession in Rio playing some percussion > instrument or other (can't remember what) and the locals went wild > at his playing. Feynman couldn't explain it but finally figured out > that he had a subtly different accent to the locals which was > pleasing - like someone speaking English with an attractive French > accent. Same sensation I get with MM - a subtle little difference, > particularly in the fiddle, with hints of Cajun, Blue Grass, Cape > Breton. As Bryan said we could do with more of that - anywhere, > North or South of any border you choose to pick. > > Jim Healy > Perth, Scotland > > -- > The_Healys <Xxx_Xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>