Battlefield Band and Special Guests - Beg & Borrow: music shared by the Scottish & Irish traditions

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Scotland & Ireland are separated by only twelve miles of water at their nearest point, so it’s not surprising that their cultures have begged, borrowed (and maybe even stolen) much from each other over the centuries.

On this album Battlefield Band, one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music, have invited twelve special guests (one for each of the twelve miles) to explore and play the music and songs shared by these two vibrant cultures.

These eighteen tracks offer evidence of two intertwined and, by definition, living traditions which continue to beg and borrow from each other. Indeed these links may have been an important factor in keeping these traditions so strong, vibrant and authentic. Long it may it continue.


"...still a driving force in Scottish music... a rich record in every aspect... full marks to everyone involved"
The Green Man Review
, Oct 2015

'...a great success in every category... the Battlefield Band is as relevant as ever after all these years'
The Huffington Post, Jan 2016

'...producer Robin Morton's influence and knowledge permeate this richly annotated celebration of Scotland and Ireland’s shared traditions'
The Sunday Herald, Nov 2015

' education of the best possible sort, packed with great music... ...splendidly varied and expertly performed...', Dec 2015

Track List:
Reels: The Five Mile Chase / The Cameronian Reel / The Black Haired Lass / Miss Girdle (with guest Leo McCann) 2. 6/8’s: Drunken Man’s Frolic / We will go Merrily Sailing / Charlie over the Water 3. Song: The Blantyre Explosion (with guest Christine Primrose) 4. Slow Air & Jig: The Glasgow Lasses / The Scottish Lovers (with guest Leo McCann) 5. Strathspey/Reels: The Braes of Mar / Pottinger's Reel / The Baker (with guest John Martin) 6. Scots Gaelic Song: An Gille Mear (The Gallant Lad) (with guests Christine Primrose & Nuala Kennedy) 7. Strathspey & Reels: Sporan Dhomhnaill / Mist on the Glen (The Devils of Dublin) / Miss Monaghan (with guest Nuala Kennedy) 8. Strathspeys & Reels: Chief Inspector Rod Parker / This is how the Ladies Dance / Come to the Shealing / Dandy Denny Cronin (with guests Barry Gray & John Martin) 9. Song: One Night in My Youth (with guest Aaron Jones) 10. March & Reel: McCarthy’s Quickstep / The Drunken Piper (with guest Mike Whellans) 11. Hornpipe, Jig & Hornpipe: Fingal’s Weeping (Fingal’s Cave) / Caberfeidh / Gillespie’s Hornpipe (The HLI Hornpipe) (with guest Jim Kilpatrick) 12. Irish Gaelic Song: Mo Bhuachaill Dubh Dhonn (My Brown Haired Boy)(with guests Nuala Kennedy, Alison Kinnaird & Christine Primrose) 13. Slow Air: Ellen’s Dreams (with guest Alison Kinnaird) 14. March, Strathspey & Reels: Captain Grant / The Islay Ball / Donal Odhar / An Ceile a bh’ aig Iain MacEoin 15. Song: Blooming Caroline from Edinburgh Town 16. Fling & Reels: The Whole Chicken in the Soup / Largo’s Fairy Dance / The Kerryman’s Daughter (with guests Don Meade, Tony Demarco & Robin Morton) 17. Highlands: The Lass of Killiecrankie / The Ladies of Gormand / Untitled Highland / The Teelin Highland (with guests Leo MacCann & John Martin) 18. Song: The Mickey Dam / The Haughs o’ Cromdale / The Glasgow Hornpipe (with guests Mike Whellans & Robin Morton)

Artists on this album:
Battlefield Band
- Mike Katz (highland and small pipes, whistles, bass, guitar, vocals)  Alasdair White (fiddle, whistle, bouzouki, vocals) &  Sean O'Donnell (guitar, vocals)  and guests Christine Primrose (Gaelic Song), Alison Kinnaird (Scottish Harp & Cello), Jim Kilpatrick (Snare & Bass Drums), John Martin (Fiddle), Mike Whellans (Harmonica / Moothie), Nuala Kennedy (Gaelic Song & Flute), Leo McCann (Melodeon), Aaron Jones (Vocals & Bouzouki), Barry Gray (Highland Bagpipe), Robin Morton  (Vocals, Bodhran) Don Meade (Harmonica) & Tony DeMarco (Fiddle)

Further Info:

Creative Scotland

This album and project
was made possible with
assistance & funding
from Creative Scotland

Label: Temple Records

Release Dates:
Download/Streaming - 21st August 2015
CD (UK) - 2nd Oct 2015
CD (USA) - 16th Oct 2015

Temple Records Catalogue Number:
CD - COMD 2107
Download - DD 2107

Running Time: 70m 54s

Produced by Robin Morton
Recorded & mixed at Temple Records by Robin Morton and Ewan MacGregor. Barry Gray recorded by George Fahd at Go-To, Sydney. Don Meade & Tony Demarco recorded by Tim Mitchell at Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, NJ

Sleeve Designed by John Slavin

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