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.
Scottish 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.
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.
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 relaxedand 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 email@example.com or by telephone on 01343 842 223
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
Temple Records artist Alison Kinnaird has a parallel career as an artist working in glass, with an international reputation. Using the ancient technique of wheel-engraving, often combining it with cutting-edge technology such as LED lighting, her work ranges from small intimate pieces to architectural scale projects and is in many public and private collections, including the V&A Museum, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Corning Museum of Glass NY.
'Hers is a fusing with the physical elements of glass of metaphysical elements of imagery and perceptions, inner worlds and 'otherworlds', symbolism, inherited belief and lost experience, time and timelessness' Hugh Cheape, Royal Museums of Scotland
This solo exhibition will take place in the conservation village of Temple, 12 miles south of Edinburgh, in the converted church which has been Alison's home and studio for many years, the building where Temple Records are also based. The ruined church close to the studio was the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Scotland in the 14th century, and as well as enjoying the open studio exhibition in a spectacular building, visitors can discover this historic venue.
Find out more about the exhibition (including directions and transport) and Alison's work at: www.alisonkinnaird.com
We still have limited stock of vinyl for some of our early releases and we've been digging through our stockroom to add a few more of them to our website this week. Where possible, we've also got the option of a free download with many of our LPs, so you can listen to the music straightaway.
As a little festive gift, we've just updated our free download sampler with six new tracks from Alison Kinnaird, Fiddlers Five, Heritage, Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, Mac-talla and Seamus Tansey so download and enjoy!
The sampler allows you to practice downloading from our website without making a purchase, and lets you hear a selection of great tracks from our catalogue.
Just add it to your cart & checkout as normal - you won't be asked for payment details.