I haven't tried to dance to Altan or other Irish records, but the music
at the contra dances I attend (and sometimes play at) seems pretty fast
to me. (Hornpipes are transmorgrified into screaming reels, for
The Kevin Burke / Michael O'Domnaihl (spelling?) records are beutiful
partly because they are not played flat out as fast as possible. They
take their time, and it sounds great!