Special Offer: get a free 'Sampler' CD with your order, while stocks last! March 16 2018

Temple Records - The Sampler

'The Sampler' was a full price album first released in 1992, to showcase some of the great music on the label, and featured twenty tracks from a variety of the superb artists who have recorded for Temple.

The album was deleted from our catalogue a few years ago when stock ran out, but having recently uncovered a box of thirty CDs in the back of our stockroom we've decided to include a complimentary CD with the next thirty 'physical' (books/CDs/DVDs/Vinyl) orders we receive.

Don't hang around if you want to get one... ...just order as normal and if there are any CDs left we'll add one to your order when we pack it.


US tour - Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante March 15 2018

Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante

Ex-Battlefield Band founder member Alan Reid and his musical partner Rob Van Sante are back on the road and midway through a US tour . 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.

Fans of this great duo can catch them at remaining shows in Tucson AR, Las Cruces NM, Albuquerque NM, Colorado Springs CO, Gothenburg NE, Ord NE, Lincoln NE & Williamsville IL

Find full tour dates with ticket info and contact details at


Short Gaelic Song Course with Christine Primrose at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, April 2018 February 20 2018

Christine Primrose - Short Gaelic Song Course at Sabhal MorAcclaimed Gaelic singer, Christine Primrose will tutor a short Gaelic song course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig from 2nd-6th April 2018. Over the five days students will be introduced to a variety of Gaelic song, covering melody, words and their meaning.  The historical context of the song will also be discussed and where possible information given on the composers and the influence of political, social and cultural events in the songs. Whilst studying these songs, students will also receive some basic Gaelic grammar and Gaelic pronunciation.  A basic knowledge of Gaelic is desirable but not a requirement to attend the course which will be conducted in a mixture of Gaelic and English and is open to anyone who has an interest in Gaelic song .

Christine, who was awarded Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009 and was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2017, recently released her new album of unaccompanied traditional Gaelic song: Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag Aithris (Love and Loss – A Lone Voice).

Find out more about the course and book now at:


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


Anyone interested in the course might also be interested in our current special offer of 25% off all harp albums and books.

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.



Alan Reid - solo tour dates in New Zealand & Canada during Janary and February 2018 January 08 2018

Gifted singer, songwriter and musician Alan Reid, best known for his time at the helm of Scotland's Battlefield Band, and more recently for his work in a duo with Rob Van Sante, is back on the road in early 2018 with some solo shows in New Zealand & Canada.

Alan Reid Tour Dates - NEW ZEALAND - January 2018

House Concert - Tuesday 9th January

Info/Tickets: call 0276875455.

Tsunami Music Venue - Friday 12th January

Info/Tickets: or call 012 161 9154

House Concert - Sunday 14th January

Info/Tickets:  email or call 027 451 5486    

Cardrona Hall - Friday 19th January

Info/Tickets: or call (03)4435812
Tickets also available from Pembroke Wines in Wanaka.

Folk Club - Saturday 20th January

'50Dundas', 50 Dundas St. Dunedin North

Folk Club - Sunday  21st

The Addington Haven, 19 Church Square
Info: or call 027 454 3885
Door sales only. Doors open @ 7pm. $20 or $15 conc.

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January

Tickets/Info: or email
In addition to a solo concert on Sunday 27th January (2-3pm), Alan will also be running a Childrens Workshop, appearing as part of the Songwriter Circle, and performing in the Festival Saturday Showcase on Saturday 26th January

Alan Reid Tour Dates - CANADA - February 2018

Vancouver Island, House Concert - Friday 2nd February

Tickets/Info: Bob de Wolff (250) 655-3811

Vancouver Island, House Concert - Saturday 3rd February

Tickets/Info: email or call 250-337-5337



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



Give The Gift of Music: Xmas Postal Dates & Gift Wrapping Service November 23 2017

Postal Dates
If you want your CDs or books to arrive before 25th December, then we would advise ordering by the dates below.

Orders placed after these dates may still arrive in time - we'll do our best to turn them around quickly - but please do order early if you want to make sure.

UK – Order by Tuesday 19th December
Europe – Order by Thursday 14th December
USA & Canada - Order by Friday 15th December
Australia & New Zealand - Order by Friday 8th December

Gift Wrapping
If you're shopping as a gift for someone else, please remember that we're happy to gift wrap orders and include a message from you. Just mention in the 'order notes' box of your shopping cart that it's a gift, and type your message in there too.

Alan Reid - Scottish solo shows, November 2017 November 09 2017

Alan Reid

Here's a classic track featuring Battlefield Band legend Alan Reid.

Alan Reid with Battlefield Band:
'The Riccarton Tollman's Daughter'

Alan is playing four Scottish solo dates in November 2014 and you can find details of all them below.

Together with his regular musical partner Rob Van Sante, Alan has also recently released an album  called 'The Dear Green Place' which you can find at


Sun. 19th Nov 2017
The Wee Folk Club, Royal Oak or call 0131 557 2976

Tue. 21st Nov 2017
Star Folk Club, Admiral Bar

Thu. 23rd Nov 2017
Crieff Folk Club, Strathearn Artspace

Friday 24th Nov 2017
Garmouth Folk Club @ Garmouth Golf Club
Contact 01343 870656.