Hi, Ellen. First off, I'm no fiddle player as you know. But I remember
seeing Johnny and Phil at least 20 years ago -- they were still in their
late teens, and being bowled over at the time by their musical prowess.
And I remember, despite the incredible respect I had (and still have)
for their facility on their instruments, one nagging thought...that being:
There are some people who you listen to who leave you with the impression,
"Wow, folk music -- that's neat. I could do that, too." You go home
and grab a fiddle or an accordion and start hammering away. And there are
others who leave you with the impression, "Ohmigod, I could never do
that in a million years. Why do I even bother?!" You go home, put the
accordion in the attic and break both your wrists.
Okay, I admit to a teensy bit of jealousy!!!
So yes, they are hot, they KNOW they're hot, and they have worked damn hard
to get that way. They are wildly talented people who are causing a lot
of folks to sit up and take notice of this music. They sure hooked me! But I
hope that the pyrotechnic displays of flawless technique won't cause some of
us (particuarly folks who are just getting started) to shake our heads
with dismay and just buy another CD. Rather, let us be inspired to keep
playing and growing as musicians.