Howie MacDonald is a bit of a joker. This Cd is supposed to sound like a kitchen party and has a live feel despite being a studio recording by Howie and JP Cormier (with small contributions from Gordie Sampson, Matt Foulds and Bill MacAulay).
The meat of the CD is in tracks 3-12. There are some great tunes and great playing. Particularly good are the set of jigs on track 4 and the long MSR sets (tracks 6, 8 and 12). Note that the "Mabou Coal Mines Strathspey" listed in track 12 is actually "MacKinnon’s Brook".
I still can’t stop myself laughing at the "audience" reaction to JP Cormier’s set (track 5). You need to hear it to understand what I mean.
Have just updated some of the track listing having referred to Alan Snyder’s notes on cbfiddle.com. I was aware that there had to be one or two unnamed tunes since, for example track 6 has three strathspeys before hornpipes.
Alan’s site that Donald refers to: