Subtitled "traditional fiddle and guitar music", but that bland tag does little to indicate the sheer wealth of invention and quality of playing in this 69 minute CD crammed with 21 delightful tracks which range from American old-time to Scandinavian, Jewish, English and Irish tunes. Whatever the source or style, Ben and Tab deliver equally stunning performances - infectiously swinging and lively - displaying abundant musical virtuosity as well as true understanding of, and sympathy for, each musical idiom.

In case you didn't already know, Ben's the son of Tom Paley (fellow fiddler, and founder of the legendary New Lost City Ramblers some 40 years ago), with whom he tours in the New Deal String Band; Ben's also a recognised authority on Swedish fiddle music (he's recorded an album with Tom and published an anthology of tunes). Guitarist Tab has previously worked with Ben in the "infamous" Aardvarks and Wild Turkey Brothers, and the two musicians share an amazing empathy that's audible in every bar, such that you really don't notice the inherent limitations of the instrumentation.

There are two different takes on Glory in The Meeting House - one a guitar duet - both aptly demonstrating the duo's strengths and versatility, but in truth the CD has an embarrassment of highlights! Listening to Ben and Tab, I keep being reminded of that old Swarbrick/Carthy/Disley LP Rags Reels And Airs - one of my seminal musical conversions! - It's that neck-prickling combination of accomplished yet sensitive musicianship and a sense of total immersion and enjoyment in the music-making.

Aside from Ben and Tab, Nick Clyne helps out with a second guitar on a couple of tracks. This very classy album is extremely highly recommended.