The highly regarded Scottish Gaelic singer, bagpiper & scholar Allan MacDonald sings 'Uamh an Òir' (Cave of Gold) , accompanied by members of Scotland's renowned Battlefield Band.
This recording was first released on the Battlefield Band album 'Zama Zama...try your luck' (Temple Records COMD2102) which featured Allan as a guest artist.
Here's some lock-down listening to keep you going; 19 great tracks from Battlefield Band's 'The Producer's Choice' , a compilation which was released to celebrate the groups induction into The Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame a few years back. You can find more info on the album below, and a link to the sleeve notes, but it's not obligatory - just press play and enjoy!
In 2016 Battlefield Band were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, after almost half a century as internationally acclaimed ambassadors for Scottish folk music. With thirty albums under their collective belts, and thousands of concerts played worldwide, 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.
Even as the music evolved and the personnel changed there remained a distinctive continuity to the 'Battlefield Band' sound. This cohesion can be traced, in part at least, to the long-term producer and manager of the group, who has overseen so many of their albums and continually brought talent to the fore. As a founder member and player-manager of the early Boys of the Lough, Robin Morton helped take the music he loves to huge audiences worldwide and his Temple Records label and record production have continued to fight the good fight since 1978.
These nineteen tracks are his choice then; personal highlights and favourites from the man in the producer’s chair. Enjoy!
Sleeve Notes: download the album sleeve notes here
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.
Our latest release, which celebrates Battlefield Band's recent induction into The Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, is now also available on CD.
Initially this compilation was only made available for download & streaming but, due to popular requests for something a bit more shiny and tangible, we've now produced a limited edition run on CD.
CDs are available now direct from Temple Records. They will also be available in the other usual outlets towards the end of January 2017.
You can hear clips and purchase Battlefield Band 'The Producer's Choice' at: www.templerecords.co.uk/battlefield-band-the-producers-choice
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 highlights and favourites from the man in the producer’s chair. Enjoy!
Listen to clips and find it at:
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.Tickets for the Scottish
Traditional Music Hall of Fame Awards dinner, on Friday 11th November 2016, are available to the public and can be booked online at: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/hall-of-fame/scottish-traditional-music-hall-of-fame-dinner-2016/
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)
'...there are more than a few revelations on "Beg & Borrow... ...these worthy successors to the Battlefield Band legacy, along with their guests, have judiciously assembled a collection of tunes and songs that demonstrate very well the dimensions of the Irish-Scottish musical bond...'
Boston Irish Reporter, Feb 2016
You can read the review in full here
, learn more about the project at www.begandborrow.net
or purchase the album directly from Temple Records
Recently the Maui Celtic Radio Show featured Battlefield Band's Mike Katz, who picked and introduced the music. Together with host Hamish Burgess you can hear fine music from bands that influenced Mike's career, and his personal favourites, with a good look at the Edinburgh scene where Mike made his home.
You can listen again to the show at www.mixcloud.com/mauiceltic and you can find albums featuring Mike Katz here.
In this new video
, Nuala Kennedy talks about Mo Bhuachaill Dubh Dhonn
(My Brown Haired Boy), the song she recorded for Battlefield Band's 'Beg & Borrow'
You can watch the video at: www.begandborrow.net/mo-bhuachaill-dubh-dhonn
and you find the album here at www.templerecords.co.uk/begborrowNuala is in currently in Scotland
to perform at the Celtic Connections festival, which coincides with the release of her new record 'Behave the Bravest'
(Under The Arch Records). You can find info on all upcoming shows and her new album at at www.nualakennedy.com
To celebrate the Bard of Ayrshire, here's Battlefield Band's take of one of Robert Burns best-loved works.
This recording is taken from the band's album Dookin', released in 2007 which you can find here: www.templerecords.co.uk/dookin
Alan Reid says in the sleevenotes "we were taken with the less well known melody that I found in Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum (published 1784) for it seemed to us to be like a new song. Johnson suggests it is the original tune used by Burns for this poem. But just in case any of you pine for the more familiar tune, we play a bit of it as an instrumental break – a case of proportional representation"
Alan Reid – vocal, piano / Sean O'Donnell – Guitar, backing vocal; / Alasdair White – Fiddles, whistle / Mike Katz – whistle, Scottish small pipes