Over three decades on from her groundbreaking debut release, the cultural landscape and personal timing is right for this solo recording of clarity, poignancy and depth from a remarkable and mature voice. These are songs of love and loss, presented in their most pure form; unaccompanied, vulnerable and beautiful.
To celebrate the release, Christine will perform several songs from the new album on Saturday 24th June, at 5.30pm in CODA, Edinburgh's well known traditional & contemporary folk music specialist record shop. (12 Bank Street, The Mound, EH1 2LN) The event is free to the public, but it's worth arriving early as it may be busy.
Christine Primrose - 'Thig an Smeòrach as t-Earrach' (The Thrush Comes in Spring)
‘…a masterpiece…every note and every syllable here is a note of grace’ Aonghas Phàdraig Caimbeul
Temple Records artist Alison Kinnaird has a parallel career as an artist working in glass, with an international reputation. Using the ancient technique of wheel-engraving, often combining it with cutting-edge technology such as LED lighting, her work ranges from small intimate pieces to architectural scale projects and is in many public and private collections, including the V&A Museum, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Corning Museum of Glass NY.
'Hers is a fusing with the physical elements of glass of metaphysical elements of imagery and perceptions, inner worlds and 'otherworlds', symbolism, inherited belief and lost experience, time and timelessness' Hugh Cheape, Royal Museums of Scotland
This solo exhibition will take place in the conservation village of Temple, 12 miles south of Edinburgh, in the converted church which has been Alison's home and studio for many years, the building where Temple Records are also based. The ruined church close to the studio was the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Scotland in the 14th century, and as well as enjoying the open studio exhibition in a spectacular building, visitors can discover this historic venue.
Find out more about the exhibition (including directions and transport) and Alison's work at: www.alisonkinnaird.com
We still have limited stock of vinyl for some of our early releases and we've been digging through our stockroom to add a few more of them to our website this week. Where possible, we've also got the option of a free download with many of our LPs, so you can listen to the music straightaway.
As a little festive gift, we've just updated our free download sampler with six new tracks from Alison Kinnaird, Fiddlers Five, Heritage, Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, Mac-talla and Seamus Tansey so download and enjoy!
The sampler allows you to practice downloading from our website without making a purchase, and lets you hear 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.
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 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.