Scots Trad Award
keyboard, guitar, piano accordion)
Alan was a vital
member of Battlefield
Band from it's inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010.
In that time he toured all over the world and made almost
30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as
Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield.
They won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and
throughout Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards
underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to
use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk
band Alanís contribution to the bandís story has ensured itís
stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many
of today's Celtic musicians.
Alanís singing has
long been respected by his peers,
illustrated when he was invited to participate in the
Linn Recordings series on the complete works of Robert Burns.
Moreover his song writing has grown in stature ever since
the 1980s when his songs first appeared in the band
repertoire, lyrical songs steeped in history , strong
in storytelling and rich in melody.
His first solo album 'The Sunlit Eye' featuring new songs
and tunes was released in 1998 and was followed up
with a song and tune book 'Martyrs, Rogues and
Worthies' in 2001. Later that decade he recorded two
albums "Under the Blue" and
"The Rise and Fall
o' Charlie" both of which showcase
many of his works.
2012 has seen the release of the duo's album on the life
of Scots born mariner John Paul Jones, a long
term project for which Alan composed the music.
Commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
and the duo performed a musical drama based
on the story with script written by Alan.
Alan plays a Yamaha P-80 electronic
piano, Hohner student
accordion and a Yamaha FG-160e guitar.
guitars, mandolin, synthesizers, percussion, programming)
Dutch born Rob is a
guitarist of skill and subtlety.
His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no
surprise that music has played an important part in his life.
During the 1970's,
80's and 90's he
Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
He has worked with such stalwarts
of the British
Folk and Jazz scene as
Thompson, Jon Strong,
and many more.
has worked for Battlefield Band
13 years as
their sound engineer for
both live and recorded work. He
on all their tours as
member until he left the band in 2010.
When Rob is not on the road, he
can be found
at work in his
recording studio in
his adopted home town of Leeds, recording and
producing albums for local, national and
Rob has appeared on many albums displaying his
virtuoso vocal ability both as a lead and
harmony singer, also showcasing his undoubted
instrumental skills to a variety of projects.
All these strands
come together to make a
perfect foil to Alan and his music.
Martin D-28, a
Balladeer and a Quiles C-2 nylon strung concert guitar.
He uses DADGAD,
DADDAD, CGCGCC, CGDGAD,
CGDGCD and standard tunings.