Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, The Best Of Aly And Phil

Colin Irwin

By Colin Irwin

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Best Of Aly And Phil

Aly Bain And Phil Cunningham
Scottish music seldom gets better than this.

Shetlander Aly Bain has long been one of Scotland's national treasures. Mentored by the great Shetland fiddle legend Tom Anderson, Bain has been one of the true pioneers of indigenous Scottish folk music with the band Boys of the Lough, who've taken the music all over the world. In that time Bain has become a cultural icon and the unbridled passion of his playing has been an inspiration for the generations that have followed. Phil Cunningham, one of Scottish folk's most innovative musicians, cut his teeth with the band Silly Wizard — playing a leading role in reclaiming the accordion for traditional music — and his partnership with Bain unites two absolute masters of their art. Playing jigs, lilts, laments and their own tunes, plus a smattering of music from America, Canada and other parts of the world, the empathy and interplay between them is a joy to the ears. Scottish music seldom gets better than this.