A unique and groundbreaking collection of songs which focuses on the singers, their background and the place of the songs in Ulster history and society.
Available here from Temple Records
The collection was originally published in 1970, but was re-edited and updated by Robin Morton, just before his death in 2021.
The new edition contains a wide range of songs – humorous, tragic, political and historical. Morton’s notes are informative, deeply researched, often amusing and easy to read.
Additionally, the reader can now hear the original source singers on a 22 track CD included with the book.
‘… a tribute to Robin’s loving energy and steadfast valuation of the voices of the people’
‘… the best ballad book yet to be published…’
Benedict Kiely, Irish Times
If you're taking advantage of our Festive Folk offer, then please order before Friday 16th December
to have the best chance of getting your CDs before Xmas (UK orders)
. We'll send them 1st Class and Royal Mail will do the rest.
Rest of World Orders: at this point we can't guarantee that orders going outside the UK will arrive in time but, if you order ASAP we'll do the same with posting and depending where they're going, they'll have a fighting chance
Do remember that you can order as gifts for other people and we'll send them directly - just put the recipients name in the 'shipping' section when you're checking out.
You can also add a little personal note into the box provided if you'd like.
Ho ho ho!
Choose from a selection of great albums for free
when you buy any full price album from our online shopWe'll give you up to five free albums - one for each full price album you buy.
Find out more at: www.templerecords.co.uk/festivefolk
We're changing the way we send out CDs to countries in these Royal Mail Zones:
Europe, World Zone 1 & World Zone 2
(basically everywhere that's not UK or USA).
We're now shipping the artwork & CDs in a heavy duty PVC sleeve. You can either store them this way, or repackage in a plastic jewel case if you prefer.
From an ecological point of view this reduces the weight & volume that we send by air, and also makes it more affordable for us to carry on shipping all over the world, so we hope you agree that it's a good move.
Glass artist and musician Alison Kinnaird explores the link between art & music which have intertwined throughout her life, and introduces new work which will be shown for the first time at her open studio exhibition in August 2021. The exhibition, which is part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will be held at Alison's home and workplace, Shillinghill Studios, which is also where Temple Records have been based since 1978.
Alison Kinnaird MBE: Art in Glass 2021 - Open Studio Exhibition
August 1st-31st 2021, Daily 10am - 5pm or by appointment
Shillinghill Studios, Temple, EH23 4SH (Fringe Venue 244)
tel: 01875 830 328 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
further details at www.alisonkinnaird.com/2021
Peter Nardini is an artist
truly befitting of the word. A singularly talented musician and songwriter, Peter is also a superb painter, well known and respected on the Scottish Contemporary Art scene and beyond.
At the end of this month, twenty five of Peter's original paintings will made available in an live broadcast online auction hosted by the BBC's Natasha Raskin Sharp, founder and auctioneer of the new Exhibit Auctions platform.
We're very pleased to say that the winning bidder for each painting will also receive a complimentary vinyl LP of Peter's 'is there anybody out there?' album, courtesy of Temple Records - another artwork for the collection!
The auction takes place at 3pm BST on Sunday 27th June and you can register and view the paintings online now at Exhibit Auctions, or see them in person at the Arti San Toi Gallery (73 Moncur Street, Glasgow, G40 2SL) between the 25th-27th June 2021.
The long running Girvan Traditional Folk Festival launched over its usual May Day weekend, and nearly all events (apart from the Late Night Extras) are available online throughout the month of May. The main concerts are only £5 each to view, and there are also several free events available, with more being released as the month progresses.
A superb bill this year includes: Gatehouse, Crows, Alan Reid (pictured), Nick Dow, Jock Tamson’s Ideal Band, Heather Yule, Jane Cassidy & Maurice Leyden, Dougie Mackenzie & Brian Miller, Derek Williamson, Peter & Barbara Snape, Creel, Rosie Lindsay, Bob Knight, Graham Carter and Bill Adair.
If you enjoy the free events, and can afford it, please consider supporting the festival via the donations button on the website.
To celebrate the Bard of Ayrshire, here's Battlefield Band's take on one of Robert Burns' best-loved songs. Enjoy!
This recording is taken from the Battlefield Band album Dookin', released in 2007, and you can find it at www.templerecords.co.uk/dookin
Here's some good music, for a good cause; as part of the Acoustic Music at the Meeting Place series, ex-Battlefield Band man Alan Reid has recorded a few songs for a 30 minute video, which you can find here: video link
Viewers can leave donations, which will all be used to raise funds for food banks in Alan's local area
Donations can be made to: www.PayPal.me/alanreidscottishsong
Ex Battlefield Band member Alistair Russell, has written a book! And having led a fascinating life, it should be well worth reading. It's a light-hearted gallop through a life on the road as a musician touring the world, and more besides.
Written in a relaxed, conversational style which reflects Alistair's natural humour, the book comes with enthusiastic endorsements from the folk world, and it's already selling fast, so don't hang around if you want one for Christmas!
'...crammed full of beautifully recounted, mostly hilarious, tales from tour and beyond. A must read for everyone who loves traveling & loves music….. in fact, a must read for everyone!'
' I know it’s a cliché but, truthfully, I couldn’t put it down.'
'Can't do this on my own' is available in standard heavy-duty paperback and limited edition hardback directly from Alistair's website: www.alistairrussell.co.uk/shop