For our festive offer this year, you can choose from a selection of great albums for free when you buy any album from our online shop. We'll give you up to five free albums - one for each album you buy.
Find out more and see all the albums available in the offer at: www.templerecords.co.uk/festivefolk
Featured Album: A Celebration of Scottish Music December 07 2018
We think it's time for a look back and listen to this great compilation album, 30 years after it was first released in 1988. A Celebration of Scottish Music celebrates the musical heritage of Scotland, played by some of the best musicians and singers in the field. These artists didn't (and don't) view their tradition as something of the past, but as a vibrant, contemporary music, as relevant today as it ever was.
This release was named after a concert of the same title, which was held in Edinburgh in 1986 to celebrate the hosting of the Commonwealth games, and features many of the artists who appeared in that show including Battlefield Band, Alison Kinnaird (harp), Cilla Fisher (Lowland singer), Christine Primrose (Gaelic singer), Hamish Moore (Lowland pipes), Jim Johnstone and his Band (Scottish dance band) and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.
Find out more about the album at www.templerecords.co.uk/celebration
"The selection of music covers a wide range, and is unlikely to leave anyone disappointed. Splendid stuff, and highly recommended"
Christine Primrose MBE December 01 2018
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.
The award of an MBE caps a remarkable recent period in Christine Primrose's life and career. In 2017 she was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame and was also the subject of an hour long BBC profile on her life and work. In addition, her most recent release 'Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris' - a solo recording of poignancy and depth - has proved a milestone in the career of this increasingly important artist and singer.
Temple Records are very honoured to have supported such a uniquely talented and deserving individual over the decades - well done Christine!
Download a hi-res image of Christine for promo use
Photo Credit Steven McKenzie - Cànan Graphics Studio
40 years of Temple Records! July 20 2018
Temple Records has now been around for forty years!
We're proud to have been supporting and releasing such great traditional music and 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.
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.
Find full tour dates with ticket info and contact details at www.reidvansante.co.uk/gigs.html
Nova Scotia Harp Festival, September 28-30th, 2018 July 10 2018Nova Scotia Harp Festival
September 28-30th, 2018
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Featured Album: The Portraits & The Music June 29 2018
We 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
Harp Course with Alison Kinnaird at Blackhills Estate, Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2018 February 13 2018
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 www.blackhills.co.uk/harp-courses
Book or find out more from organiser Steph Christie by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone on 01343 842 223
Originally 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.
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