In 2016, after almost half a century as internationally acclaimed ambassadors for Scottish folk music, thirty albums under their collective belts, and thousands of concerts worldwide, Battlefield Band were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. The honour naturally extends to all of the many great musicians who have passed through their ranks over the decades, as each individual brought something new to the party and added to the freshness and creativity that has defined the band.
To celebrate the history of this great band, here's a new digital only release which looks back over the years. The nineteen tracks on this compilation have been chosen by Robin Morton, the long-term producer, manager and 'fifth member' of Battlefield Band who has overseen so many of their albums and continually brought talent to the fore.
These are personal highlightsand favourites from the man in the producer’s chair. Enjoy!
Christine Primrose, our current featured artist, is one of the great Scottish Gaelic singers, a native speaker who has been singing traditional Gaelic song all her life. Originally from Carloway, a village on the west side of 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. A multiple prize-winner at the Mod and the Pan Celtic Festival, and more recently awarded 'Gaelic Singer of the Year' at the Scots Traditional Music Awards in 2009, she has rightly become an extremely highly regarded and sought after artist and tutor.
Robin Morton talks to Christine Primrose about the song she chose to perform on Battlefield Band's recentBeg & Borrowalbum, and her career and formative years as a Gaelic singer.
Christine's first album, Àite mo Ghaoil, was released in 1982 - at a time when traditional Gaelic singing was not widely known or appreciated - and broke many barriers, helping to introduce Gaelic song to a wider non-Gaelic speaking audience both in Scotland and beyond.
Our catalogue includes three of Christine's solo releases, her work with Alison Kinnaird, the Mac-talla album and several other albums she's been featured on. You can find them all here.
Hands Up for Trad have announced the 2016 inductees to the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, a list which honours and recognises people for their great contributions and influence on Scottish Traditional Music.
We're very pleased to say that Temple Records artists Battlefield Band are included in this years list of inductees along with many other deserving recipients including, to mention only a few, Barbara Dickson OBE, award winning piper Murray Henderson and the late, great Michael Marra. You can find a complete list of the inductees below.
Event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “This year’s hall of fame inductees are truly inspirational, spanning across music, broadcasting, language and politics. It’s a great honour to celebrate this great list of people and to showcase what an incredible pool of talent we have in Scotland. We are looking forward to seeing these special guests and their families at our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner in November”
All of the past and present members of Battlefield Band (twenty three and counting, over forty seven years!) have been invited to to the event dinner and presentation and it promises to be a great night.
Full list of 2016 inductees to the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame:
Services to Performance: Murray Henderson, Mirk, Barbara Dickson OBE, Iain MacPhail, Battlefield Band, Gordeanna McCulloch, Jonathan MacDonald MBE, Michael Marra, Andy M Stewart, Arthur Argo, Jimmy McHugh
Services to Gaelic: Dolina MacLennan
Services to Collection: Maurice Fleming
Services to Scots: Billy Kay
Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music: Fiona Ritchie MBE
Services to Community: Liz Marroni (traditional music activist and teacher), Gordon Connell (accordion teacher), Pete Heywood (folk activist and publisher), Caroline Hewat (artist and musician activist), Catriona MacIntyre (Gaelic teacher and activist), Louis DeCarlo (photographer)
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 the North East of the USA . 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 the 19th October in Rockland ME, and fans of this great duo can catch them at further shows in Sheldon VT, Colebrook NH, Nelson NH, Newfane VT, Northampton MA, Tiverton RI, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Newtown CT, Dover NH and Corning NY.
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
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)
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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.
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.