ASHLEY MacISAAC Fiddle Music 101 (Festival Distribution) Rating: NNNSay what you will about his outrageously self-destructive behaviour. When it comes to sawing the strings, Ashley MacIsaac is untouchable.
This straightforward batch of instrumental celtic waltzes, jigs and reels cut with guitarist David MacIsaac -- no relation; MacIsaac is to Cape Breton what Hughes is to Wales -- is a corker and free of the manicured stylings that made MacIsaac's Hi, How Are You Today? a crossover hit. It's hard not to yearn for the wiggy visuals that accompany the floor-board-stompin' fiddler in concert, but for fans of high-stepping trad tunes, just add Guinness and you've got a pub party.KH