Carr & Tweed


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The pairing of Karen Tweed and Ian Carr (that's Ian Carr the folky, not the jazzbo) has the kind of telepathy so often promised but rarely achieved. It's not a case of Tweed's accordion leading with Carr supplying rhythm on guitar. They work together, as they did in Kathryn Tickell's band, filling and supporting each other, armed with style and a formidable technique -- simply listen to Carr's picking on "Jigs" to understand the possibilities of guitar as a rhythm instrument. While Tweed and Carr are more than capable in every musical sphere, they seem particularly at home on the "Polskas," a foreshadowing of the work they'd do in Sw├ąp. But their approach alone is a joy, whether tackling traditional or contemporary material from Ireland, Scotland, England, or Scandinavia; it's the interaction, lightning fast and beyond any rehearsal, that makes this record truly stand out, with the wonderfully titled "Isleofewe" positively glowing. The possibilities of a duo are rarely fully explored, especially an instrumental one. Carr and Tweed burrow into the nooks and crannies, and their playing is so eloquent that you never miss the words.