I recently got a copy of Dancing in the Isles by Musica Pacifica, an American Baroque ensemble formed in 1990 in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are currently on a tour so expect to hear them play near you soon. The tunes are actually from the 17th to 18th century London that combine the Scottish and Irish styles -music that co-existed at that time.
Expect to hear instrumental arrangements that were made popular during that time. I am a fan of harpsichord and recorders and they’re highlighted here! What I love about the recording is the variety . You hear English Country dances, James Oswald, Matthew Locke, Traditional Scots Tunes, Traditional Irish and so much more.
The tunes are lively and melodic. I should also mention that I adore the packaging of the album especially the very informative liner notes.
viola da gamba
theorbo, baroque guitar
Peter Maund, percussion
For bookings, please contact Musica Pacifica through Joanne Rile Artists Management
Samples here: http://www.musicapacifica.org/recordings.html#