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SCAN TESTER

I NEVER PLAYED TO MANY POSH DANCES (2CD)

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Scan Tester was a true folk musician - the like of which we'll never see again and must be as important to British folk revivalists and concertina players as Fred McDowell is to blues fans. For over forty years he played traditional dance music on the concertina in and around the Sussex villages of Fairwarp, Nutley and Horsted Keynes with occasional visits to London. Fortunately, during the 50s and 60s, folk song collectors recorded him at pub dances, folk nights, private parties and back rooms, either as a solo musician or with melodeon player Reg Hall or his daughter Daisy on piano and sometimes with a fiddle player or mandolin-banjo picker.

On the fifty five tracks here, he plays everything from waltzes, jigs, hornpipes, schottisches, polkas, step dances and he has some fun too, bashing out spirited versions of Goodnight Ladies, The Girl I Left Behind Me, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks and even a rollicking version of Scotland The Brave which mischievously segues into The Happy Wanderer! This music gets under your skin. After five minutes you're tapping your foot like a crazed Morrisman and you've a huge grin on your face. No doubt about it, Scan Tester was a great musician, a great personality and a great man. God bless him.

Review Date: November 2009

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