Yes, I've noticed the same thing. I think Altan is the fastest I've
heard so far. I see it in sessions a lot, where people like to play fast
and hot. At the dances I used to play, the dancers would let you know
if you played too fast. Since they mostly liked highlands & sets the music
was sprightly but manageable. I do have a Paddy Noonan album from the 60s
which sounds quite sedate.
In sum, I think its a function of not dancing to the music as much as we
Incidentally, yes, I've been getting a lot of odd messages too.