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25% discount on work by featured artist: Alison Kinnaird August 29 2019

Special Offer: All of Alison Kinnaird's albums and books are available here from Temple Records. Use discount code AK2019 when you check out to receive a 25% discount on any of Alison's books or albums.

Our current featured artist; Alison Kinnaird MBE, has an international reputation both as a professional Scottish harp player and visual artist.

A recipient of multiple awards and accolades, she was recognised for her contribution to artistic and musical spheres in 1997 when she was presented with an M.B.E. for services to art and music.

One of the world's leading glass artists and engravers, with work in public, royal and private collections throughout Europe, America and the Far East, her glass art ranges from small intimate pieces, to architectural installations which incorporate light and colour.

As a musician, Alison's first instrument was cello, and she was a founder member of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. She has a degree in Celtic Studies and Archaeology and studied the harp under Jean Campbell in Edinburgh from the age of 14. She has won both the Clarsach Trophy at the National Mod and the Harp Competition in Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney.

Alison plays both gut and wire-strung harps and has recorded several critically acclaimed albums. She has been researching the repertoire of the harp in Scotland for more than twenty-five years, written several books of harp music, and co-authored the first published history of the harp in Scotland "The Tree of Strings". Her album "The Harp Key - Crann nan Teud" was the first ever recording of Scottish harp music, still essential listening for people interested in the Scottish harp. was recognized in 1997, when she was presented with an M.B.E. for services to art and music.



You can find out much more about Alison's art at: www.alisonkinnaird.com


Film - Na Piobairean Duthchasach (The 'Folk' Pipers) July 08 2016

As the bagpipe began to appear in Scottish folk groups during the 1970s and 80s, there was a concern amongst the establishment that bagpiping could be diluted by a rash of inferior players and a lack of regard for the tradition. This new documentary looks at the transition of traditional piping into the folk or traditional music scene as it is today. Made by film-maker Ewan Duncan, a final year student of Gaelic Media at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye, the programme examines some of the key performers and influences responsible for this piping renaissance.

You can find more of the music featured and discussed in the film on our album 'A Controversy of Pipers'  (Temple Records COMD1008)

 

 


Listen again to the Maui Celtic Radio Show, featuring Battlefield Band's Mike Katz February 05 2016


Battlefield Band's Mike Katz and Hamish Burgess of the Maui Celtic Radio Show.Photo by Fiona Katz 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.