Between The Jigs and The reels

Lehto & Wright

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An all instrumental collection featuring select tracks from previous releases in addition to new music recorded for this title. Dirty Linen said: Minnesota guitar masters Steve Lehto and John Wright are equally skilled in intricate, delicate, acoustic picking and loud, crunchy folk-rock, and on this all-instrumental collection based on mostly traditional Irish and English tunes (and a couple of Southern American and classical ones, as well), they gather seven previously released tracks and five new ones into a splendid showcase of contemporary Angle-Celtic guitar styles. In electric mode, the duo's big, skirling sound is sometimes reminiscent of the early work of Richard Thompson, as in the potent "Silver Tip" reel set or the slow resonant Martin Carthy composition, "McVeagh," while their acoustic interplays are complex and elegant, as in the lengthy jig set led off by a cheerful tune with the unlikely title, "I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave." Definitely recommended for fans of both acoustic and electric guitar music with British Isles roots.

— T.N.

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