Well, that makes the reels faster, since they have 4 eighth notes per beat while the jigs have 3. Plus she garnishes them with a lot of rolls, triplets, etc.
Well first, if you think that's true, then you need to rethink the relationship between pulse and tempo in trad dance music. Because, without belaboring the details, that's just not the way it works.
Second, it's not germane anyway to your specific comment about the slow and fast tunes. Comparing apples and apples, you're implying that the "fast" reels are less articulated than the slower reels, and "fast" jigs less articulated than the slower jigs. Or perhaps that all the reels are less articulated than the jigs.
And none of those things is objectively true. The degree of Kathleen's articulation is consistent throughout all the (sample) tracks - jigs and reels, (very slightly) slower or faster. Exactly as I'd expect from a player with a well-defined style. If you're hearing less articulation in what you perceive as "faster" tunes, then you're simply mis-hearing it.
Finally, suggesting that, say, raising a reel's tempo slightly from 100 bpm to 105 would suddenly make the same articulations "physically impossible" to play completely mis-judges the skills of a player of Ms. Conneely's level.
He might say that he knows all the really good whistle players in America.
I sure hope he might not, not if he's a good teacher. A little hyperbole or even hubris is forgivable. Not recognizing it as such is not.
The difference is that he is supporting a fellow whistle player while you are knocking her.
Again, you seem to want to play loose with the difference between critical listening and charged terms like "condemning" and "knocking". Or between the player and the playing. I've said nothing at all against Ms. Conneely. I don't doubt that brad moloney's nice comment above is perfectly true. And frankly, I have no idea what "support" means in the context of discussing the technical details of a particular recording.
The CD sleeve also includes a paean from Séamus Connolly (Damien's uncle.) So Kathleen Conneely has some well-known friends, at least.
Endorsements and friends are nice. But I've yet to see someone use negative criticism for album promotion. I'm going to buck the trend when I release my first whistle CD:"Completely mediocre. Not his best effort."
- Mary Bergin. "Should have stuck to playing the saxophone."
- Paddy Moloney. "This album is a joke, right?"
- Kevin Crawford. "All Chiffboard and no play makes MTGuru a dull boy."
- Dale Wisely.
Of course, if you can't use your own ears and have to rely on teacher's comments and album blurbs to know if a performance pleases or vexes you, you have more listening to do. But don't we all?