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Battlefield Band

The Battlefield Band has proven to be one of the longest running institutions of Scottish music. At their inception in 1969, they were one of the most adventurous young groups around, mixing traditional music with some rock and pop, and even in the time since, they've remained somewhat abreast of trends, although not as much as those who've followed in their footsteps and sometimes overtaken them. But that's fine, they have a comfortable niche and a dedicated following. During the '70s, Scots music was very much a live thing, restricted to the folk clubs, with not much thought of the recording studio. And the Battlefield Band, under the leadership of Brian McNeill, spent much of the decade finding their feet -- indeed, McNeill was growing by leaps and bounds as a songwriter, which found its first flower on "The Lads O' the Fair" on 1980's Home is Where the Van is, where subtle electric arrangements met a traditional sound. They followed that up with an even stronger disc, There's a Buzz, and then in 1984, Anthem for the Common Man, where some personnel changes brought in singer Alistair Russell and saw a more political tone creep into the lyrics -- a reaction to Margaret Thatcher.

More lineup changes followed, making it hard for the band to get a grasp on who they were and for the latter half of the '80s, they seemed to be adrift as is evident from the pleasant but unspectacular live disc Home Ground, released in 1989, and the problem became even more acute following the departure of McNeill in 1990 to an acclaimed solo career. However, his replacement, virtuoso fiddler and singer John McCusker brought a new energy to the band. Even so, it took several years for a new identity to assert itself, until 1997's superb Across the Borders, which found them once again at the height of their powers. There was still the basic Battlefield Band sound, but on albums like Rain, Hail or Shine they sounded confident and actually happy to be playing again. That has continued over several more albums into 2001's Happy Daze, where a slimmed-down lineup still satisfies, even if there aren't fireworks every time they pick up their instruments. 2002's Time and Tide brought back singer Pat Kilbride to the mix, after a 20-year abscence, who then stayed on for Out for the Night in 2004. ~ Chris Nickson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Room Enough For All

1. Bagpipe Music

2. Major George Morrison DSO...

3. Farewell To Indiana

4. The Garron Trotting...

5. Nic Coiseam

6. The Hairy Angler Fish...

7. Ceann Loch An Duin...

8. Duanag An T-Seoladair

9. The Eight Men Of Moidart...

10. In Contempt

11. Tynes In Overtime!

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Track List: Line-Up

1. Raigmore

2. That's How Strong My Love Is

3. Easy Peasy

4. A' Bhriogais Uallach (The Pompous Trousers)

5. Song Composed In August

6. The Great White Herring

7. Iain Ghlinn' Cuaich (Iain Of Glen Quoich)

8. Lovers & Friends

9. The Pits

10. The Lily & The Rose

11. Glen Caladh Castle

12. Mo Ghleannan Taobh Loch Liobhainn (My Glen By Loch Leven)

13. Me N'vin Belek, Na Manac'h (I Won't Go To Belek Anymore)

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Track List: The Road Of Tears

1. The Road Of Tears

2. Ely Parker: Miss Martin's Wedding / The Primrose Lassies / Mr. Gallway Goes To Washington

3. The Emigrant

4. The Highlander's Farewell To Ireland: Farewell To Ireland / Put Me In The Big Chest

5. The Slaves Lament

6. The Moleskin Kilt: The Empty Glen

7. Out In Australia At Last

8. The Patagonia Islanders: The Low County Dance / Don Juan McKenna's Jig

9. Haro Strait

10. To A Mouse

11. Take Me The Sea

12. Plane Wreck At Los Gatos

13. Sweet Molly: The Symmetry /

14. I Cried

15. Mary's Dream: The Mountain Dairy Maid / The Nameless Migrant

16. Five Bridges To Cross

17. The Green And The Blue (Live)

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Track List: Out For The Night

1. The Alewife T / Little Cascade / Culder's Rant

2. The Earl Of Errol

3. Nuala Kennedy's Reel / Ambassador Craig Murray's Reel

4. The Grinder / Barbhas Agus Butthead

5. Belfast To Boston

6. Out For The Night

7. Rest And Be Thankful

8. The King's Shilling

9. Eastwood Cottage / Clisham / Captain Forbes' Reel / Keep The Country Bonnie Lassie

10. Trouble At The Baghdad Roundabout / McKenna's Jig

11. The Banks Of The Carron Water

12. Mary O'Neill's Reel / Tournemine Et Gasdebois

13. The Road To Benderloch / Fifteen Stubbies To Warragul

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Track List: Time And Tide

1. Chuir I Gluin Air A Bhodach / DJ MacLeod's / The Ness Pipers / The Earl Of Space

2. Nancy's Whisky

3. If Cadillac Made Tractors... / Happy Birthday Fiona / MacFarlane's Rant

4. Camden Town

5. James Cameron / Fosgail An Doras (Open The Door) / The Skylark's Ascension

6. Time And Tide

7. The Bonny Jeannie Deans

8. The Walking Nightmare / Drive Home The Mainlanders / The Mill House

9. Rothesay Bay

10. Banais Choinnich (Kenneth's Wedding) / Eileen MacDonald / Welcome The Piper

11. Sunset

12. Whiskey From The Field / Volcanic Organic

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Track List: Happy Daze

1. The Devil's Courtship/An Dro

2. Medium Man/Floating Candles/Nighean Cailleach Nan Cearc (The Hen Wife's Daughter)

3. The Banks Of Red Roses

4. Tiny Wee Vin/The Road To The Aisle

5. The Riccarton Tollman's Daughter

6. Shepherd Lad

7. The Merry Macs/Dr. Ian MacAonghais/Fonn Air Cailleach An T-Siosalaich ( Mrs.

8. Happy Days

9. Whaur Will We Gang?/March Of The Ceili Man

10. A Mile Down The Road/Johnny's Jig/Boys Of The Puddle

11. Start It All Over Again

12. Wee Michael's March/Oot B'est Da Vong

13. Love No More

14. Blue Bonets Over The Border/Khazi

15. The 24th Guards Of Brigade At Anzio/The Melbourne Sleeper/MacRae's Of Linnie

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Track List: Leaving Friday Harbor

1. Clan Coco / The Road To Benderloch / Fifteen Stubbies To Warragul

2. The Last Trip Home

3. It's Nice To Be Nice / The Auld Toon Band / McCabe's Reel

4. The Strawman

5. Leaving Friday Harbor

6. The 24th Guards Brigade At Anzio / The Melbourne Sleeper / MacRae's Of Linnie

7. One More Chorus

8. The Pleasure Will Be Mine

9. Something For Jamie

10. The Sisters Reel / Marion & Donald / The Lassie With The Yellow Petticoat / Jesse "The Body" Ventura's Reel

11. Logie O' Buchan

12. The Canongate Twitch

13. Love No More

14. Bobby

15. Jimmy Waddell

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Track List: Rain, Hail Or Shine

1. General McDonald - Craig An Fhithich

2. Heave Ya Ho

3. Manor Park - Trip To The Bronx

4. Jenny O' The Braes

5. Norland Wind / Royal Scottish Pipers Soc / Gardez Loo - Donald Mac

6. The Beaches Of St. Valery | Elizabeth Clare

7. Wee Michael's March/Oot B'est Da Vong

8. The Lass O' Glencoe

9. Steamboat To Detroit / 20 Pounds Of Gin - Break Yer Bass Dr

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Track List: Live Celtic Folk Music

1. Lord Huntly's Cave/The Lady In The Bottle/Stewart Chisholm's Walkabout

2. The Gallant Grahams

3. My Wife's A Wanton Wee Thing - The Banksofthe Allan

4. Blackhall Rocks

5. Athole Highlanders

6. Miss Drummond Of Perth/Fiddler's Joy/The Shetland Fiddler

7. The Lads O' The Fair

8. 74th Highlanders' Farewell To Edinburg/The Cup Of Tea

9. Joe McGall's Fiddle/Center's Bonnet

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Track List: Across The Borders

1. Miss Sarah MacManus/The Appropriate Dipstick/Cape Breton Fiddlers' Welcome To Shetland

2. Tramps And Hawkers

3. Snow On The Hills / Xesus & Felisa

4. The Concert Reel / The Green Mountain

5. The Arran Convict

6. My Home Town / Kalabakan

7. Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh

8. The Trimdon Grange Explosion

9. Simon Thoumire's Jig / Shake A Leg - Ril Gan Ainm

10. Miss Kate Rusby

11. The Green And The Blue

12. The Clumsy Lover

13. Woe Be Gone / Bubba's Reel - Frank's Reel

14. Six Days On The Road

15. TIn And Out The Harbor / He Top Tier - Sleepy Maggie - Molly Rankin

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Track List: Threads

1. In And Out The Harbour

2. The Arran Convict

3. Snow On The Hills

4. Tramps And Hawkers

5. My Hometown

6. The Weary Whaling Ground

7. Kiss Kate Rusby

8. The Same Old Story

9. Simon Thoumire's Jig

10. MacPherson's Lament

11. Tam Bain's Lum

12. The Indian Lass

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Track List: Home Ground

1. Home Ground (Live)

2. The Yew Tree (Live)

3. After Hours (Live)

4. Pincock's Pleasure (Live)

5. The Dear Green Place (Live)

6. Fare Thee Well Whiskey (Live)

7. The Hornpipes (Live)

8. The Rovin' Dies Hard (Live)

9. Bad Moon Rising (Live)

10. The Four Minute Warning (Live)

11. Farewell Johnny Miner (Live)

12. Band Of A Thousand Chances (Live)

13. Peace And Plenty (Live)

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Track List: After Hours

1. The Ship In Full Sail / After Hours/The Green Gates

2. Frideray

3. Reid's Rant / A Chance As Good As Any

4. Anthem

5. The Dear Green Place

6. Look Across The Water, Mrs Garden Of Troup, The Keelman Ower Land

7. The Green Plaid

8. Mary Cassidy

9. I Am The Common Man

10. The St. Kilda Girl's Lament / The St. Kilda Wedding March

11. The Lads Of The Fair

12. The Sauchiehall Street Salsa (McHugh's Other Foot) (The Man With Two Women)

13. The Boar And The Fox

14. Kilcoy's March - The Quaker / The Battle Of Waterloo

15. The Snows Of France And Holland

16. The Rising Moon Reel

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Track List: There's A Buzz

1. Bessie MacIntyre / Johnny MacDonald's Reel / Roddy MacDonald's Fancy

2. Shining Clear

3. Sir Sidney Smith's March

4. A Chance As Good As Any / Reid's Rant

5. Lord Haddo's Favourite

6. Tending The Steer / Sandy Thompson / The Calrossie Cattle Wife

7. The Presbytarian / The Watchmaker's Daughter / The Hurricane

8. The Battle Of Waterloo / Kilcoy's March / The Quaker

9. One Miner's Life / The Image Of God

10. Kantara To El 'Arish / Christmas Carousal / Willie Roy's Loomhouse

11. The Green Plaid

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Track List: Home Is Where The Van Is

1. Major Malley's March & Reel/Maclolm Currie

2. Bonny Barbry-O

3. Look Across The Water/Mrs. Garden Of Troup/The Keelman Ower Land

4. Braw Lads Of Galla Water

5. Up And Waur Them'a', Willie

6. The Snuff Wife - Theif Of Lochaber

7. Cocle Geordie/Miss Graham/Miss Thompson

8. The Boar And The Fox

9. Blackhall Rocks

10. Lads O'The Fair

11. The Cowal Gathering/The Iron Man/Dancing Feet/Dick Gossip's Reel

12. Mary Cassidy

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Track List: At The Front

1. Lady Carmichael / South Of The Grampians / Mickie Ainsworth

2. The Bachelor

3. Ge Do Theid Mi Do M'leabiadh

4. The Battle Of Harlaw

5. Jenny Nettles / The Grays Of Tongside

6. Tae The Beggin'

7. The Tamosher

8. The Blackbird And The Thrush / The Moray Club

9. Lang Jonnie Moir

10. The Brown Milkmaid / Dunnottar Castle / Maid Of Glengarrysdale / Disused Railway

11. The Lady Leroy

12. Stirling Castle / Earl Of Mansfield

x

Track List: Battlefield Band

1. Silver Spear / The Humours Of Tulla

2. The Shipyard Apprentice

3. Crossing The Minch / Minnie Hynd / The Glasgow Gaelic Club

4. The Brisk Young Lad

5. Birnie Bouzle

6. Compliments Of The Band

7. Bonnie Jean / Paddy Fahey's Reel / Joseph's Fancy / The Hag's Reel

8. It Was All For Our Rightful King

9. The Inverness Gathering / Marquis Of Huntly's Strathspey / John McNeil's Reel

10. Miss Margaret Brown's Favourite / Deserts Of Tulloch

11. The Cruel Brother

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Track List: Anthem For The Common Man

1. The Four Minute Warning The Tide's Out

2. The Old Changing Way

3. The Hook Of Holland

4. The Snows Of France And Holland

5. Sauchiehall Street Salsa

6. Anthem

7. The Yew Tree

8. The Port Of Call

9. Ina MacKenzie / The Braes Of Mellinish / Troy's Wedding

10. Miner's Wives

11. I Am The Common Man

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Track List: Celtic Hotel

1. Conway's Farewell/Andy Renwick's Ferret/Short-Coated Mary

2. Seacoalers

3. Return To Kashmagiro/The Cuddy With The Wooden Leg

4. Jock The Can

5. The Rovin' Dies Hard

6. Muineira Sul Sacrato Della Chiesa/Hyo Y Frwynen/E Kostez An Henbont

7. The Celtic Hotel

8. The Left-Handed Fiddle/The Floating Crowbar/The Ships Are Sailing/Lucycampbell/June Apple

9. We Work The Black Seam

10. The Tail O' The Bank

11. Togail Curs Air Leodhas

12. Cran Tara/Madadh Ruadh

x

Track List: Dookin'

1. The Head Roaster

2. I'm Going To Set You Free

3. Tha Fionnlaigh Ag Innearach / An Gille Dubh' Mo Laochan

4. My Luv's Like A Red, Red Rose

5. Covering Ground

6. Overton Park

7. The Ballad Of Accounting

8. The People's Jig / Ash City / Blackjack Grove

9. Boo Baby's Lullabye

10. Gathering Storm

11. Easy Jig

12. Allan McLean

13. Compliments To Buddy McMaster

x

Track List: New Spring

1. Inveraray Castle/Calum Beag / Lucy Cassidy

2. The Green And The Blue

3. Seann Bhriogais Aig Uilleam / Lady Margaret Stewart

4. Cearcall A' Chuain / The Kaimes Lassies / The Night We Had The Goats / Calum Fhionnlaigh

5. Working Away / The Toastie Jig

6. The Prince Of Wales / Angst Agus Angus / Let There Be Drams

7. Darien

8. Miss Sarah Macmanus / Appropriate Dipstick / Cape Breton Fiddlers' Welcome To Shetland

9. The Devil Uisge Beatha

10. The Folden Eagle / O'Er The Moor To Maggie / The Highland Man Kissed His Grannie/Wissahickon Drive

11. Farewell To Ravenscraig / My Night Out With Big Iain

12. I Feel Like Going Home

13. Farewell My Love / Auchindoun / Tom Paine's Strathspey / The Sands Of Loch Bee / The Handshaker / Cailleach An Dudain

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Track List: On The Rise

1. John MacKenzie's Fancy / The Train Journey North

2. Carnlough Bay

3. Pilgrim's March / Scarlet And Black / The Struggle / Struy Lodge

4. Montrose

5. She's Late But She's Timely

6. Bad Moon Rising / The Rising Moon Reel

7. Teh Clumsy Lover / The Unmade Bed/Knopogue

8. Dear Green Place

9. Gale Warning / The Anchor Steam Reel / The Farmer's Daughter

10. Island Earth No More / The Flight Of The Eaglets

11. After Hours / The Green Gates / The Ship In Full Sail

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tcardillo
music of the heart
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Very excellent sounds, LOVE IT ! Scottish OR Irish, nada than wrong w/it.
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I love Irish music they have very good songs in there country.
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Amelia8 is right.
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bartsoucha
Scottish? This is really good music...
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micaela.boet t c h e r
The bagpipes remind me of Monarch of the glen. :)))
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Aye certainly hear the roots of our Appalachian reels....Sco t s - I r i s h in the hollers
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Really good story
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Simply wonderful.
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flickersroos t
Are the lyrics available?
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They are amazing, i have met and seen Alan Reid perform, amazing guy.
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Gotta love those bagpipes!
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firefly10332
Lovely. Simply lovely.
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The Battlefield Band has been a staple for me for over thirty years. I have seen their live shows with a variety of players and they never disappoint
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now this is music.
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It seems even the pristine freshness and beauty of Celtic music cannot remain untouched by chain mail BS ...
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woodsnwater1
Rare fine - simply outstanding!
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this is very good music
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My tastes in music are very diverse and mood dependent. Right now lively foot stomp'in Celtic is git'in it.
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Aye it is
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I saw them in concert a few times. I LOVE them. Best Celtic band I ever heard.
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Beautiful!
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Fabulous..ju s t found this group through Pandora - wonderful piece of music
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americanpatr i o t 2
I love their music. Just recently started listening.
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Great tune!
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Someone wrote it is hard to get the music from this bad legally? Go to their website.... order from them... it's quite easy and legal.
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Even with the frequent changes in line up recently, they continue to be a foot stamping grand example of Scottish folk music....a pleasure to listen to and if you're lucky enough to see their live concerts.
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Wow.
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slapshot1894
I hadn't heard these guys until I got Pandora. I'm certainly grateful!
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I love these guys!!
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I'm sure Pandora helps bands get a lot more exposure and new fans and sell more records.
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i recommend getting the music legally, it helps the band...
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j_senesy
I saw these guys play in the auditorium of the Hightstown Highschool in NJ in about 1988, and they were great!
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This music is friggin' awesome. I was never really big on folk music, but I heard these guys randomly on independent radio and was instantly hooked. There is a wholesome and pure quality to the music that you just can't get in the mainstream music community. The only drawback to liking this group is that their music can be hard to get a hold of--at least illegally :P. If you happen to come across an album or song by these guys, I strongly recommend you give it a listen.
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Farewell Johnny Miner!!!

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