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Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante on Tour in Germany August 16 2016

Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante

Later this month ex-Battlefield Band founder member Alan Reid and his musical partner Rob Van Sante are back on the road with series of shows in Germany. The duo will be performing both old and new music, featuring Alan and Rob's recent compositions and songs along with some Battlefield Band favourites.

The tour starts on 26th August and runs until mid September and they'll be performing in: Nordhausen, Bad Salzungen, Bad Dürrenberg, Karlshagen (Usedom), Gingst, Bad Doberan, Wieck auf dem Darß, Aschersleben, Schönburg, Zeitz, Halle and Bad Schmiedeberg.

Find full tour dates with ticket info and contact details at www.reidvansante.com

 


Offer: 'A Celebration of Scottish Music' free with any other two albums! August 16 2016

Until the 31st August 2016 we're giving away a free copy of our great compilation album 'A Celebration of Scottish Music' to anyone who purchases two or more other albums direct from our online shop.

Featuring artists such as Battlefield Band, Alison Kinnaird (clarsach), Cilla Fisher (Lowland singer), Christine Primrose (Gaelic singer), Hamish Moore (Lowland pipes), Jim Johnstone and his Band (Scottish dance band) and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, here's a great chance to explore some of the fine music in our back catalogue.

If you prefer CDs, just order your other two or more CDs as normal (you don't need to add the 'Celebration' album to your shopping cart or do anything else), and we'll include the extra CD when we send out your order.

If you prefer Downloads, just order two or more downloadable albums from us and we'll send you the free album as a download too. Again, you don't need to add 'Celebration' to your cart or do anything else, we'll just send you along a download link when we process the order at this end (it might take 24hrs or so to come through if you order at a weekend.)


"Splendid stuff, and highly recommended"
FOLK ROOTS

"...a broad sweep of Scottish traditional music
played by the best musicians and singers in the field"
SHIRE FOLK

Browse the online shop at www.templerecords.co.uk and enjoy!



Mike Whellans at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aug 25th and 26th July 19 2016

Here's a track featuring blues man and harmonica/moothie player extraordinaire Mike Whellans, our current featured artist, on a track from Battlefield Band's latest release 'Beg and Borrow.


March and Reel: McCarthy's Quickstep / The Drunken Piper
Battlefield Band featuring Mike Whellans

If you missed Mike at the 2016 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, you can catch him again at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he'll be playing two shows at the Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides on Aug 25th and 26th. Book for these shows at: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/mike-whellans


Mike Whellans

You can find recordings of Mike Whellans here or by typing Mike Whellans into the search box on the top of the website


Film - Na Piobairean Duthchasach (The 'Folk' Pipers) July 08 2016

As the bagpipe began to appear in Scottish folk groups during the 1970s and 80s, there was a concern amongst the establishment that bagpiping could be diluted by a rash of inferior players and a lack of regard for the tradition. This new documentary looks at the transition of traditional piping into the folk or traditional music scene as it is today. Made by film-maker Ewan Duncan, a final year student of Gaelic Media at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye, the programme examines some of the key performers and influences responsible for this piping renaissance.

You can find more of the music featured and discussed in the film on our album 'A Controversy of Pipers'  (Temple Records COMD1008)

 

 


Why are some of your audio players not working? June 24 2016

Sorry folks; the company who provide our service for hosting music and providing our audio player are having a few issues, so you won't be able to listen to some of the tracks in our news and facebook posts. Unfortunately it's not something we've got control over but we're on the case, so we'll get things up and running again on a new service as soon as possible. Thanks!

 

 


Listen to a song from the great Gaelic singer Christine Primrose June 03 2016

 

One of the great Gaelic singers, Christine Primrose is a native speaker of Scottish Gaelic, and has been singing traditional Gaelic song all her life. Originally from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, she has travelled the world singing and teaching, blazing a path that many other Gaelic singers have followed.

This song is well known as a 'waulking' song, sung to accompany the fulling of cloth by a group of women, but has also been described by older generations of sailors as a man's drinking song. The 'black haired girl' of the title is  actually a sailing ship, and the song celebrates the virtues of the ship itself.

Christine has recorded several albums for Temple Records and guested on many more; you can find them all here.

 


Hear a track from Alasdair White's award winning debut solo album May 07 2016

Here's the opening track from Alasdair White's award winning and critically acclaimed debut album 'An Clàr Geal' (The White Album)

 

Alasdair hails from from the Isle of Lewis, and is well known as Battlefield Band’s virtuoso fiddle player. He joined the group aged 18, as complete a musician and composer as any of the band had heard. His musicianship and tune making have had a great influence on the group's repertoire and continuing success, and playing with Battlefield Band has given him that wider audience that his music deserves.

Alasdair has appeared on many on Temple Records releases, including his solo album, his work with Battlefield Band, and other recordings where he has featured as a guest artist.

You can find more of Alasdair's work here

Harp and Gaelic Song Boxed Sets re-issued on Temple Records April 15 2016

Temple Records Boxed SetsOriginally released in 2001, and now made available again, these two superb boxed set collections from Temple Records include hours of great music and a significant saving compared to buying the same albums individually. The five CD sets are available for £35 each, which includes all shipping and taxes

Orain Nan Gàidheal (Songs of the Gael) features five albums from five of Scotland's leading Gaelic singers; Flora MacNeil,  Finlay MacNeill, Christine Primrose, Eilidh MacKenzie and Arthur Cormack 

Music of the Harp in Scotland and Ireland features five albums from outstanding harp players, including Alison Kinnaird, Ann Heymann, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Bill Taylor (The Rowallan Consort)

Currently available as physical CD sets, we will also soon offer these as downloadable boxed sets with full sleeve notes.


Harp Course with Alison Kinnaird at Blackhills Estate, Sat 2nd-Wed 6th July 2016 March 24 2016

Alison Kinnaird

Alison Kinnaird will again be teaching this very popular course, which takes place on the beautiful Blackhills Estate near Elgin in Morayshire. Early booking is recommended as the course is limited to fifteen participants.

The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly and the course is longer this year; five days instead of the usual three, which provides more opportunity to learn in depth. The teaching is aimed at those with some experience of playing the harp, and is therefore not suitable for total beginners. 

The £250 course fee includes all tuition and meals, and the early finish time each day allows opportunities to socialise, relax, play music together and explore the estate gardens. Limited accomodation and harp hire is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Alison Kinnaird has been at the forefront of the revival, and continuing success, of the Scottish harp. She plays both gut-strung Scottish harp and wire-strung clarsach, and is recognised as an authority on both the instrument and its history.

Book or find out more from organiser Steph Christie by e-mail at steph@clarbo.com or by telephone on 01343 842223


All our downloadable albums now include sleevenotes March 18 2016

Temple Records - Downloads with SleevenotesWe're pleased to say that in addition to our whole catalogue being available to download directly from this site, we now include the original sleevenotes with each downloaded album.

It's taken us quite a while to do this, but Temple Records and the artists on the label have always spent a long time preparing album sleevenotes. These notes contain lots of information about the tunes, songs and musicians, and we view this as a really valuable part of the package when you buy an album; something that can often get overlooked with the downloading experience.

Our price is still  better than itunes and their ilk, the sleevenotes are included, plus you've got the bonus of knowing that you're buying direct, which allows a small label like us to keep releasing records of these great traditional musicians. Have a browse through the catalogue at www.templerecords.co.uk/digitaldownloads

 
If you've previously bought a download from us that didn't have notes included, and you'd like to get hold of them, just drop us an email; we'll send them along to you.