I am in full agreement with names like Alasdair Fraser and Natalie
MacMaster as potential recording musicians. Others like Elke Baker and many
others breath life into our history. Muriel Johnston has put some beauty into
SCD music with her wonderful piano. Muriel and Alasdair are a knock-out
combination, by the way.
But I must say that we must be careful, what level of modern fusion we
allow in our dance music. I have performed with Alasdair in concerts in Calif
and enjoy his interpretation of Scottish music. There is nothing dull or
boring about it. I watch the young people in the audience tapping their feet,
almost unable to sit still. But Alasdair still maintains the purity and
essence of the music. We don't want to forget the past or cloud it either. In
an effort to increase interest of the youth we may decrease the support of
our more mature dancers.
Solution?!! Some of the recording I've heard are poorly recorded. The
bands were not bad but the reproduction had much to be desired. That discour
aged me from using these recodring in my class. I do hold a high standard for
the audiable portion of dance class. So, first thing is to encourage
musicians to have good sound people and equipment working on recordings. Even
the average band sounds better with these advantages.
We are very fortunate in the San Francisco Branch to have many fine SCD
musicians. It makes a difference in the participation levels. I have heard
people say they come to the monthly dances for the music as much as the
dancing. I have to admit that I get into a trance when dancing to such fine
music. I also get lost because of it. Ha!
Happy dancing all!