This weekend I was listening to two albums, The Chieftains' collaboration with a whole bunch of Canadian artists "Fire In The Kitchen" and Martin Hayes' "Under The Moon".
On Fire In The Kitchen, the opening collaboration is a great set (Madame Bonaparte/The Devil's Dream/The Mason's Apron) with Leahy taking centre stage. When the change to Devil's Dream is made, the set takes off at a frantic pace. What follows is furiously fast fiddling, highly ornamented and yet fluent as can be. Great stuff.
But a contrast with Hayes' work which is - on the whole - languidly slow and low on ornament.
And which is better?
Neither. Fast and furious or slow and thoughtful. As long as each is done well, then each is equally valid.
My tuppence worth ....