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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 www.halloffame.scot

 

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

 


One week only 20/20 offer - spend £20 and get 20% off all music and books! September 28 2017

We're always keen for people to dig deeper into our catalogue - there's some brilliant music to be found - so here's an offer to encourage you to root around a bit and find something you like.

Until next Friday, if you spend £20 or more at our website, you'll get 20% off everything you buy; CDs, books, vinyl, downloads....

Just enter the discount code 20/20 when checking out. Start browsing here and enjoy!

This offer expires on 6th Oct 2017.


A pronunciation guide to the Gaelic song titles on Christine Primrose's new album September 28 2017

In this video, Scottish singer Christine Primrose offers a guide to pronouncing the Gaelic song titles from her album ‘Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris’ (Love and Loss – A Lone Voice), which features unaccompanied traditional Scottish Gaelic song.

Thanks to Floraidh Forrest (www.canan.co.uk)in Skye for creating the video, to DJ Len Holton at KUAR for suggesting the idea, and to Dr Decker Forrest from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig for all his help

 


Battlefield Band featured in BBC Alba's Ceòlmhor@PipingLive! programme - watch again September 28 2017

Here's a clip of Battlefield Band from the first episode of Ceòlmhor@PipingLive -  a new four part TV series on BBC Alba focusing on this year's Piping Live festival in Glasgow.

 

The full first episode is now available on BBC iplayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/.../b095ph1f/piping-live-2017-episode-1

The programme is shown on BBC Alba on Wednesdays at 10pm, or can be found on iplayer, and features extraordinary music from some of the world's top pipers and bands including Battlefield Band, Peatbog Faeries, Jose Manuel Tejedor, Fin Moore, Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart, Chris Ormston, Micheal Steele, Alana MacInnes, Lincoln Hilton, Eddie Seaman, Callum Beaumont and more...

 


Alan Reid Tour & Special Offer: 10% discount on books and albums August 19 2017

Our current featured artist Alan Reid is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his time at the helm of Scotland's Battlefield Band, who have been pre-eminent in Scottish traditional music for over forty years. Alan spent several decades as with the group, as they toured worldwide to an ever increasing audience, and his songs and keyboard playing were a major feature of their repertoire during this period.

TOUR DATES:
Since retiring from Battlefield Band in 2010, Alan has been performing in a duo with Dutch guitarist and singer Rob Van Sante and they are about to embark on a tour in Germany: (Aug 25th-5th Sept) and also have French shows scheduled in Nancy (13th Sept) and Moncel. You can find details of all shows on the German tour here.

SPECIAL OFFER:
Use the code FAAR001 on this website for a 10% discount on any Temple Records album or book featuring Alan Reid. This includes many Battlefield Band albums, his solo album (The Sunlit Eye), a book of his music and songs (Martyrs, Rogues & Worthies) and a compilation album (Recollection) which takes a retrospective look at some of the fine songs he's written over the years. The offer also includes other Temple Records albums where Alan has appeared or guested. Find a full list of everything included in the offer here.

This offer expires on 8th Sept 2017


Battlefield Band in Concert @ Piping Live! Sunday 13th August 2017 July 17 2017

Battlefield Band will be playing at the Piping Live! Closing Concert in Glasgow this year on Sun 13th August  - so don't miss them!

Sun 13th August 2017, 7.30pm
The National Piping Centre
30-34 McPhater Street G4 0HW Glasgow

You can book online here.

 

  


Christine Primrose's new album: Folk Radio UK review & high quality FLAC download June 30 2017

Christine Primrose album launch at CODA musicScottish Gaelic singer Christine Primrose launched her superb new album ‘Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris’ (Love and Loss – A Lone Voice) with a packed album launch at CODA music in Edinburgh last Saturday.

Folk Radio UK have included the release in their featured albums this month and have published an extensive review.

‘As a reviewer, occasionally, one is presented with a work that you feel privileged to have enjoyed, that is far more than singer and song. Such is the case with Christine Primrose‘s Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris. ...a must have for any lover of Gaelic song, but an indispensable introduction to the art for any newcomer'
Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio UK

For the audiophiles among you, Temple Records have made a high quality (FLAC) version of the album available as a download direct from our website. All downloads include album sleevenotes and cover artwork (as does every direct Temple Records download). CDs and the usual good quality mp3 downloads are also available.

Available now from www.templerecords.co.uk/loveandloss

 


Angus Peter Campbell's new novel 'Memory and Straw' - launches and readings in July & August June 30 2017

Angus Peter Campbell - Memory and Straw

Angus Peter Campbell, the award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, broadcaster and actor (who contributed to Christine Primrose’s new album) is about to launch a new English-language novel titled “Memory and Straw”.

The novel is set in New York, the Highlands of Scotland, Oxford and Rome and covers subjects as diverse as Fairies and Artificial Intelligence, from the 1850s to the present.

“Memory and Straw” is published by Luath Press of Edinburgh and Angus Peter will launch it in Glasgow on July 14th, in Inverness on July 27th and in Edinburgh on August 3rd. He will also be reading from it at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 12th.

"An irrepressible, quite remarkable, joy"
Janice Galloway


Further info from Luath: www.luath.co.uk or 0131 225 4326


Harp Course with Alison Kinnaird at Blackhills Estate, Mon 17th July - Fri 21st July 2017 June 29 2017

Alison Kinnaird

Alison Kinnaird will again be teaching this very popular course, which takes place on the beautiful Blackhills Estate near Elgin in Morayshire. 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 accomodation 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.

Book or find out more from organiser Steph Christie by e-mail at steph@clarbo.com or by telephone on 01343 842 223

The Blackhills webpage will be updated with details of the 2017 course soon, and can be found here: www.blackhills.co.uk/harp-courses


Christine Primrose - New Album Launch Performance, 24th June 2017 @ CODA, Edinburgh June 13 2017

Christine Primrose - Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris (Love and Loss – A Lone Voice)

‘Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris’ (Love and Loss – A Lone Voice) is the powerful new album of pure and unaccompanied traditional Scottish Gaelic song by Christine Primrose, widely recognised and acknowledged as one of the great singers of her generation.

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



You can pre-order this album now from www.templerecords.co.uk/loveandloss