I never thought I would find myself sitting in the stalls at the Alhambra Theatre in Dumfermline listening to, and watching, box and fiddle men (their description) Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham. I should explain: a) I have long legs. After my experiences in the Playhouse in Edinburgh I am wary of seats in old theatres – but the Alhambra’s are excellent, they are soft and comfortable and you don’t have to tuck your knees up under your chin like I had to do in the Playhouse; b) though I have heard these two musicians on the BBC on New Year’s Eve and know they are good, whenever I see a Scots accordion player I am haunted by memories of having to listen to my father’s collection of Jimmy Shand LPs.
What I didn’t expect from Aly and Phil was the banter and the anecdotes. They were brilliant, I haven’t laughed so much for ages….
You can get an idea of what it was like here
(Just seen that they are to visit Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on 1st October)