Nova Scotia Harp Festival, September 28-30th, 2018 August 09 2018

Nova Scotia Harp Festival
September 28-30th, 2018
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Harp Festival
If you're a harper located near Nova Scotia, or planning a visit, you might be interested in a great harp and music event taking place in Halifax during the last weekend of September this year. This is the first year of the festival, which offers three days of fun, harping, tunes, songs, stories, sailing & history and features tuition and performances by artists such as Ann and Charlie Heymann, Elizabeth MacDonald, Kevin Roach & the Triangle Session Band and The Barra MacNeils.

Get 40% discount on all CDs and downloads when you buy more than one album! July 13 2018

It's summer, the sun is shining, and we've only just realised that Temple Records turns 40 years old this year!

We're proud to have been supporting and releasing such great traditional music & musicians for four decades. It's always been a labour of love rather than a 'job', and we hope that the music we've released has been as important to you as it has been to us.

To celebrate the occasion, we're offering a massive 40% discount on all CDs and downloads when you buy more than one album from our online shop. Explore our catalogue - featuring four decades worth of great music - and enjoy!

Browse the shop here and enter the code 40NOTOUT to apply your discount at the checkout.

Please note: this offer doesn't apply to boxed sets, vinyl or books, and it ends on 10th August at midnight





Featured Album: The Portraits & The Music June 29 2018

The Portraits & The MusicWe think it's time for a listen to, and look back at, 'The Portraits & The Music'  a superb album which has flown under the radar somewhat since being released in 2003. Produced in association with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, it features music and song written, or inspired by, some of the great Scots in the gallery, played by some of Scotland's best musicians, and complemented by reproductions of the portraits in the CD booklet.

Scotland has produced an astonishingly high number of men and women whose lives inspired and changed the world. In the fields of science, medicine and philosophy, in literature, music and the visual arts, in military affairs, the church and sport, Scots have changed the very way we live and think, and many of these important figures are represented in the nation's collection of portraits, permanently on display in in Edinburgh

Browsing the gallery, you will find many depictions of musicians: fiddlers, pipers and singers. Search a little deeper and you will find poets, novelists and artists who were inspired by music, or who inspired musicians. Search deeper still and you will find historical figures who composed music or had songs and music written about them.

This unique album offers a vivid experience of a vital cultural life that continues to inform and enrich Scotland.

"...a bridge between the living music of Scotland, and those who would appreciate the Gallery's portraits...thoroughly thought provoking as well as patriotic - in the nicest possible way..."
The Scots Magazine


Artists on this release: 
Aly Bain, Alison Kinnaird, Aileen Carr, Brian Miller, Scott Skinner, Jimmy Hutchison, Alasdair White, Pat Kilbride, Flora MacNeil, Alan Reid, Rob van Sante, Mike Katz, Battlefield Band, Dougie Pincock, Pete Clark, Davy Steel, Neil Johnstone, Martin MacLeod, Jim Leighton, Brian McNeill & John McCusker


You can find this album in our 'Compilations' collection 


With our compliments...20% off Temple Records compilation albums! June 29 2018

Temple Records CompilationsThese albums allow you to experience a broader picture of the music released on Temple Records over the years - hopefully discovering some hidden gems you'd wouldn't otherwise have unearthed.

They've always been good value but, for one week only, they're even better value than usual with a 20% discount on any number of CDs or downloads from this collection.

Just enter the code COMP20 when you check out and the discount will be applied.

Find all the compilation albums here. Explore the music & enjoy!

Offer ends on Friday 6th Jul, Midnight GMT


Christine Primrose MBE June 15 2018

Photo: Steven McKenzie - Cànan Graphics Studio

Congratulations from everyone at Temple Records to the great Gaelic singer Christine Primrose, who has been awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 'Services to Gaelic Music to Culture and to Education in Scotland and Internationally'. We couldn't be more pleased that she has been given this recognition of her work and talent that she so thoroughly deserves.

Christine blazed a trail for Scottish Gaelic song at a time when it was not widely known or appreciated and is rightly regarded as one of the great singers of her generation. Her seminal first album Àite mo Ghaoil (1982) broke down barriers of all kinds, introducing the living tradition of Gaelic song to a worldwide audience who could appreciate the beauty of the song, and the talent of the singer, regardless of language. She continued to contribute to and consolidate the developing understanding and appreciation for Gaelic song and culture with her superb performances,  acclaimed albums and invaluable teaching at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye and further afield, and she was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

Christine's most recent release 'Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris', has proved yet an important milestone in the career of an increasingly important artist and singer; a solo recording of poignancy and depth from a remarkable and mature voice.

Temple Records are very honoured to have supported such a uniquely talented and deserving individual over the decades - well done Christine!

Harp Course with Alison Kinnaird at Blackhills Estate, Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2018 February 13 2018

Alison Kinnaird

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

The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly and the five day course provides an opportunity to learn in depth. The teaching is all aural - no need to read music - but 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 accommodation 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.

Location: Blackhills Estate, By Elgin, Moray, Scotland IV30 8QU
Dates: Mon 23rd July - Fri 27th July 2018

Find out much more about the course at

Book or find out more from organiser Steph Christie by e-mail at or by telephone on 01343 842 223

Harp, Piping and Gaelic Song Boxed Sets - Now Available as Digital Downloads February 13 2018

Temple Records Boxed SetsOriginally released in 2001, and now made available again, these superb boxed set collections from Temple Records include hours of great music and a significant saving compared to buying the same albums individually.

Initially only available as physical CD sets, these collections are now also available as downloadable boxed sets with full sleeve notes.

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)

The Piping Centre 1st Recital Series contains five albums recorded at Glasgow's Piping Centre, and features solo playing from some of the world's best bagpipers including: Jack Lee, P/M Alasdair Gillies, John D. Burgess, Donald MacPherson, Willie Morrison, Dr. Angus MacDonald, Angus MacColl, Gordon Duncan, Brian Lamond and Richard Parkes

The CD sets are available for £35 each, which includes all shipping and taxes, and the download sets are available for £20 each.


Mike Katz interview for Piping Today magazine January 11 2018

Battlefield Band's bagpiper Mike Katz was recently interviewed by Piping Today Magazine during a session in Sandy Bells, one of the great folk music pubs in Edinburgh. Covering all the essential topics of life, from piping heroes to his gin & tonic top tips, you can glean an insight into the mind of the man behind the beard and read the full interview here.

Piping Today is the National Piping Centre’s magazine which seeks to promote the music, history and study of the bagpipes.Packed with features, news articles, commentary, photo stories and exclusives,  Piping Today aims to bring you the best of the best in piping journalism. An annual subscription gives you access to all 6 issues of the magazine, with options for 'digital', 'print' or a 'digital&print' package. You can find out more and subscribe here.



Christine Primrose - BBC documentary to be shown on Christmas Day December 19 2017

Christine Primrose, who released a new album of unaccompanied Gaelic song this year and was also inducted into the Scottish Traditional  Music Hall of Fame, is the subject of an hour long BBC documentary on her life and work,  which will air on Christmas Day 2017.

This profile of one of the most renowned Gaelic singers of her generation, follows Christine from her native Lewis, to New York, over a year that saw her release her first album in over a decade.

For people outside the UK: we understand that it is possible to watch BBC iplayer abroad, although we're not sure how, so ask your friends and hopefully someone can assist you with that.


'Guth Ag Aithris (A Lone Voice) - Christine Primrose'
will be shown on BBC Alba 9pm GMT on Christmas Day

It will be repeated at 11pm on Boxing Day
and available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after transmission



Christine Primrose inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame October 03 2017

Christine Primrose - Scottish Traditional Music Hall of FameCongratulations from all at Temple Records to Christine Primrose, who has been included in the 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees; honouring people who have influenced and helped to shape Scottish traditional music throughout their lives.

One of the great singers of her generation, Christine blazed a trail for Scottish Gaelic song at a time when it was not widely known or appreciated. Her seminal first album Àite mo Ghaoil (1982) broke down barriers of all kinds, introducing the living tradition of Gaelic song to a worldwide audience who could appreciate the beauty of the song, and the talent of the  singer, regardless of language. She has continued to contribute to, and consolidate, the developing understanding and appreciation for Gaelic song and culture and this latest recognition of her work and talent is most deserved.

Hall of Fame event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “Each year we honour a uniquely inspiring group of people and this year’s list shows there’s a never-ending pool of talent in Scotland. It’s an honour and privilege to see so many fantastic names involved in the Scottish traditional music industry, and observe the impact they’re continuing to make. We are looking forward to hosting these inspirational people and their families at our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner.”

All of the inductees will be welcomed at the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner, held at Glasgow’s Òran Mór, on Friday 27th October. Tickets for this event are also available for sale to the public at


Full list of 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees:
Performers: Billy Connolly, Rab Noakes, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, Kenneth McKellar, Cathy-Ann MacPhee, Blair Douglas, Bobby Crowe, Christine Primrose, Arthur Johnstone, Alex Green Services to Gaelic: Kenna Campbell Services to Scots: Itchy Coo Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music: Jo Miller Services to Community: Betty Verrill, Nigel Gatherer, Liz Clark, Alpha Munro MBE, James Alexander MBE, Rod Mackenzie