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.
We're currently offering a 10% discount on all of Alasdair's work on Temple Records, including his solo album,his work with Battlefield Band, and other Temple recordings where he has featured as a guest artist. Just type the discount code MRBLANC in the box when you're checking out and the discount will be applied.
Find a list of all the titles included in the offer here
Originally 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.
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 email@example.com or by telephone on 01343 842223
We'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.
The Edinburgh International Harp Festival
(EIHF) is an annual celebration and gathering of musical talents, presented by The Clarsach Society and based in the beautiful surroundings of Merchiston Castle School. The first EIHF was held in 1982 and shared a venue at Teviot House with the International Folk Festival in Edinburgh (which at that time was run by Temple Records very own Robin Morton
). The event has gone from strength to strength since then and brings harpists from across the globe together for workshops, courses and performances.
Temple Records artist Alison Kinnaird will be performing at EIHF 2016
, as part of a concert entitled 'Harps@85 - A Celebration of The Clarsach Society'
on 4th April. Devised and presented by Isobel Mieras and Gillean McDougall, this concert looks back on the journey of the organisation from their inception in 1931 to present, and features performances from many of their finest players including Alison, Wendy Stewart, Sileas (Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster), Corrina Hewat and Catriona McKay, alongside new voices from the emerging generation of harpers and music from harp ensemble, Na Clàrsairean. The EIHF runs from 1st – 6th April 2016 and you can find out more at www.harpfestival.co.uk
'...there are more than a few revelations on "Beg & Borrow... ...these worthy successors to the Battlefield Band legacy, along with their guests, have judiciously assembled a collection of tunes and songs that demonstrate very well the dimensions of the Irish-Scottish musical bond...'
Boston Irish Reporter, Feb 2016
You can read the review in full here
, learn more about the project at www.begandborrow.net
or purchase the album directly from Temple Records
Recently the Maui Celtic Radio Show featured Battlefield Band's Mike Katz, who picked and introduced 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.
You can listen again to the show at www.mixcloud.com/mauiceltic and you can find albums featuring Mike Katz here.
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.