I picked this album up from a friend; it’s lovely, lyrical, and charming.
Alan’s site (just now found through google): http://home.earthlink.net/~guitarandlute/index.html
This album’s page: http://home.earthlink.net/~guitarandlute/castlecd.html
Re: Castles In The Sky (Celtic Music)
This has the look of a self-produced recording. It’s not quite clear whether they mean to go by the name of Syncope or not. A better layout artist might have made things clearer.
Review from: http://www.standingstones.com/scotlutrec.html#casky
The music includes some of the Scottish MS pieces, Carolan tunes, some Irish session tunes and a few originals. Percussion instruments include darabuka, nakers (medieval drums) and tambourine.
If you want to hear lute and percussion, this is the album to get! The concept doesn’t seem to come from any particular tradition, but if you’re having fun who’s going to stop you? The lutenist plays quite well but is sometimes a bit stiff. I would have liked to hear some appropriate ornamentation on the Irish tunes. They sound very plain and naked—as if he learned them out of a book. Morrison’s Jig, which for some reason is called Morris Dance (!) is particularly objectionable. The notes say he comes from a classical background, so maybe he did learn them out of a book. On the other hand, he does include his own variations on some of the pieces, which is nice. The title tune is particularly pleasant.