Music Matters: Up in The Air: Moonshine / Gavin Marwick: The Long Road and The Far Horizon

I’ve seen Gavin perform a half dozen times both in his native Scotland and down London. He never fails to anything but a stellar musician, be he solo or performing with one of the bands that he’s been in.

So what does our reviewer say about his two latest music undertakings? Quite a bit actually. . . . → Read More: Music Matters: Up in The Air: Moonshine / Gavin Marwick: The Long Road and The Far Horizon

Up in The Air: Moonshine / Gavin Marwick: The along Road and the Far Horizon

Gavin Marwick is a talented and prolific Scottish composer and fiddle player. He’s in or has been in bands including Cantrip, Bellevue Rendezvous, Journeyman, Iron Horse, Ceilidh Minogue and Up in the Air. I’ve seen him perform (with Cantrip) and reviewed his Bellevue Rendezvous outings. So of course I was happy to offer to review . . . → Read More: Up in The Air: Moonshine / Gavin Marwick: The along Road and the Far Horizon

Musical Matters: Capercaillie: To the Moon

To the Moon was my first exposure to Capercaillie, so of course, it was what’s generally considered their “crossover” album. This is by no means a negative, or even something that’s very obvious: it’s more apparent in the rhythm patterns, the instrumentation (sorry, but no one is going to persuade me that the bouzouki is . . . → Read More: Musical Matters: Capercaillie: To the Moon

Brian McNeill: The Newest Recordings

Now in his early sixties, Scottish folk musician Brian McNeill has been performing traditional and writing traditionally-inspired music since the late 1960s, when he co-founded the Battlefield Band.  Two of these three CDs are representative of some of his more recent work.  The third, The Road Never Questions, is a compilation of his work from . . . → Read More: Brian McNeill: The Newest Recordings

Online Now: Kitchen Music: the television show where musicians sing for their supper (Press Release)

Not just another cooking series: Kitchen Music is the programme where great musicians sing for their supper – and cook it as well!

Filmed in the kitchen at Temple Records studio in Scotland. The first few shows feature some of Scotland’s finest musicians who share their meals and music with you.

The first programme, . . . → Read More: Online Now: Kitchen Music: the television show where musicians sing for their supper (Press Release)

More This and That

And when I say “this and that,” I mean it.

Let’s start with some traditional Scottish music, courtesy of the Paul McKenna Band and their new album, Stem the Tide. Sounds pretty hardcore.

And from there to some traditional American music, more or less, of the country/bluegrass kind, with a release from Nell Robinson, On . . . → Read More: More This and That

BATTLEFIELD BAND NOMINATED FOR SCOTS TRAD AWARDS 2011 ONLINE VOTING OPENS MONDAY 31st OCTOBER (Press Release)

Battlefield Band are very pleased and honoured to be nominated for ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2011

The aim of the Scots Trad Music Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music, and Battlefield Band were very proud to be awarded ‘Best Live Act’ at the very first . . . → Read More: BATTLEFIELD BAND NOMINATED FOR SCOTS TRAD AWARDS 2011 ONLINE VOTING OPENS MONDAY 31st OCTOBER (Press Release)

Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante on Tour in the USA Now (Press Release)

Battlefield Band’s old muckers Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante are about to embark on a US tour of their own, which takes them to Harvard MA, Dummerston VT, Colebrook NH, South Carthage ME, Unity ME, Braintree NH, East Lyme CT, Rockville MD, Jacksonville FL, and St Petersburg FL.

The duo will be presenting both . . . → Read More: Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante on Tour in the USA Now (Press Release)