Thursday, May 15, 2008

Roots, reels and rambles

Alistair Anderson is reckoned one of the finest Northumbrian pipers and concertina players in the world. The music lives through him: face to the rafters, rapt, he paints a sound-picture of heathery hills, peat-brown burns and lonely farms under black Border skies. He plays with body and soul, sweeping the concertina up and down, swirling it round in circles as he steps in time like a dancer, shaking and cajoling a stream of Northumbrian hornpipes, reels and waltzes out of the instrument. Commissioned by The Ramblers Association for Walk magazine.



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