Oct 4, 2015
Beg & Borrow – Battlefield Band and 12 guest artists Sharing music by the Scottish & Irish traditions
Liz spoke to Robin Moron Temple Records about the recording and how it came about
‘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.’
18 Tracs take you back through the sands of time from the legend of Finn McCool, Picts and the Gales, from Clans and Risings, Clearances, the Potato Famine and Emigration to industrialisation and a bit of everything in between! Showing the magnificent cross-fertilisation of music and song that binds the two nations together yet takes them both throughout the wider world. Enriched by 12 magnificent guests which enhances the journey.
An album some time in the making but very worth waiting for
Artists appearing on the album
Mike Katz (highland and small pipes, whistles, bass, guitar, vocals)
Alasdair White (fiddle, whistle, bouzouki, vocals)
Sean O’Donnell (guitar, vocals)
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)
Battlefield Band Members Old and New!