Mike Katz, Battlefield Band's great piper, is featured on the Maui Celtic Radio show this week (see below), and just to join in the general spirit of things we'll offer a 10% discount on any Temple Records album or DVD featuring the big fella.
Just shop as usual but when you check out, type the word KATZ into the discount box and press 'apply' and you'll get the discount on any album with Mike playing on it (other albums will go through at normal price) The offer runs until midnight on Friday 12th Feb 2016 and - you can find a list of albums featuring Mike at www.templerecords.co.uk/mike-katz-music or by using the search box.
On Sunday 7th Feb 2016, the Maui Celtic Radio Show features Battlefield Band's Mike Katz, who picks and introduces the music. Together with host Hamish Burgess you can hear fine music from bands that influenced Mike's career, and his personal favourites, with a good look at the Edinburgh scene where Mike made his home.
The show can be heard on www.bluesandrootsradio.com on Sunday 7th Feb 2016 in Australia 9pm, then Sunday in Hawaii 11am-1pm, and 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Time, 9-11pm in Ireland and the UK, 10pm-12am Europe. The show repeats on Monday 8th Feb at 10am-12pm EST, and Friday 11.30am -1.30pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.
In this new video
, Nuala Kennedy talks about Mo Bhuachaill Dubh Dhonn
(My Brown Haired Boy), the song she recorded for Battlefield Band's 'Beg & Borrow'
You can watch the video at: www.begandborrow.net/mo-bhuachaill-dubh-dhonn
and you find the album here at www.templerecords.co.uk/begborrowNuala is in currently in Scotland
to perform at the Celtic Connections festival, which coincides with the release of her new record 'Behave the Bravest'
(Under The Arch Records). You can find info on all upcoming shows and her new album at at www.nualakennedy.com
To celebrate the Bard of Ayrshire, here's Battlefield Band's take of one of Robert Burns best-loved works.
This recording is taken from the band's album Dookin', released in 2007 which you can find here: www.templerecords.co.uk/dookin
Alan Reid says in the sleevenotes "we were taken with the less well known melody that I found in Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum (published 1784) for it seemed to us to be like a new song. Johnson suggests it is the original tune used by Burns for this poem. But just in case any of you pine for the more familiar tune, we play a bit of it as an instrumental break – a case of proportional representation"
Alan Reid – vocal, piano / Sean O'Donnell – Guitar, backing vocal; / Alasdair White – Fiddles, whistle / Mike Katz – whistle, Scottish small pipes
We've just created sleevenotes for our free downloadable sampler, which features a selection of great tracks from our catalogue, and these notes will now be included in the folder when you download the music.
The sampler features tracks from: Alison Kinnaird, Christine Primrose, Peter Nardini, Sean McAloon, Dr Angus MacDonald and Battlefield Band members Alasdair White & Mike Katz and you can find it here: www.templerecords.co.uk/free-sampler
If you've already downloaded the sampler without sleevenotes, you can access the sleevenotes only by clicking the PDF below and printing or saving them.
All albums now downloadable
We've been working hard on our new website, and we're pleased to say that we've now made every album in our catalogue available to download directly from our website. The price is better than itunes et al, plus you've got the bonus of knowing that you're buying direct from the source, 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/digitaldownloadsSleevenotes
In addition, we're working away in the background to make all the sleevenotes available with our downloads. Temple Records and the artists on the label have always spent a long time preparing album sleevenotes, which contain lots of information about the tunes and songs, and we view this as an important part of the package when you buy an album. At the moment around 25% of the downloads include sleevenotes and we're aiming to make this 100% as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you buy a download from us that doesn't have notes included, and you'd like to get hold of them, just drop us an email
; we'll bring those notes to the front of the queue and we'll send them along as soon as they're available.Audio format
All the downloadable albums are currently available in good quality 320kbps mp3 files, and we're working on adding a lossless FLAC alternative for people who prefer this format. As with sleevenotes, if there's any album you'd like to get hold of in FLAC format right now, just let us know by email
and we'll bump it up the queue.
Black Friday fatigue? Try Green Thursday instead, with 10% off our Irish Music collection until the end of November.
Inspired by Battlefield Band's recent Beg & Borrow album, which explored common musical ground between the Scottish & Irish cultures, we've decided to run an offer on the great Irish Music in our catalogue. From Thursday 26th November until the end of the month, we're offering 10% off all albums in our Irish Music collection.
Just enter the word 'GREEN' into the discount code box when checking out and the discount will be applied to any music (downloads or CDS) from this collection. Albums that aren't in the offer will go through at full price as normal
Beg & Borrow is a new release, and isn't included in the offer, but with 18 tracks & 12 special guests it's great value anyway! You can find Beg & Borrow here.
We're gradually making our back catalogue available as direct downloads from www.templerecords.co.uk and we've just made Scottish harper & glass artist Alison Kinnaird's most recent album 'The Silver String' available as a download (FLAC or mp3) in our online store, with full sleevenotes and accompanying videos. It's also still available as a CD with accompanying DVD.
You can listen to a clip of the opening track 'Laura Bhisa' below and find The Silver String album here in our Secure Online Shop
On this album the group
, one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music, have invited twelve special guests to explore and play the music and songs shared by the two vibrant cultures of Scotland & Ireland.
Guests include: Christine Primrose (Gaelic Song), Alison Kinnaird (Scottish Harp & Cello), Jim Kilpatrick (Snare & Bass Drums), John Martin (Fiddle), Mike Whellans (Harmonica / Moothie), Nuala Kennedy (Gaelic Song & Flute), Leo McCann (Melodeon), Aaron Jones (Vocals & Bouzouki), Barry Gray (Highland Bagpipe), Don Meade (Harmonica) & Tony DeMarco (Fiddle)
Beg & Borrow Release Dates:
Out now worldwide
Battlefield Band's new album is now available
as a CD or digital download (mp3 or FLAC) and you can order it direct from Temple Records here
. On this album the group
, one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music, have invited twelve special guests to explore and play the music and songs shared by the two vibrant cultures of Scotland & Ireland.Guests include:
Christine Primrose (Gaelic Song)
, Alison Kinnaird (Scottish Harp & Cello)
, Jim Kilpatrick (Snare & Bass Drums)
, John Martin (Fiddle)
, Mike Whellans (Harmonica / Moothie)
, Nuala Kennedy (Gaelic Song & Flute), Leo McCann (Melodeon)
, Aaron Jones (Vocals & Bouzouki)
, Barry Gray (Highland Bagpipe)
, Don Meade (Harmonica)
& Tony DeMarco (Fiddle)
Beg & Borrow Release Dates:
The album will be available on CD in US stores from 16th Oct 2015
In order to allow you to practice downloading from our new website
, and make sure you're comfortable with it, we've made a free download sampler
available with a selection of great tracks from our catalogue.Just add it to your cart & checkout as normal
- you won't be asked for payment details.Enjoy, and then come back for more!
Features tracks from:Battlefield Band, Alison Kinnaird, Christine Primrose, Peter Nardini, Alasdair White, Mike Katz, Sean McAloon & Dr Angus MacDonald