Fergus Muirhead has an exclusive interview with Alan Reid who recently left The Battlefield Band. Listen in from 7pm on Monday and 12 noon on Tuesday.
Alan will be telling Fergus of his musical plans for the future.
Alan Reid joined the Battlefield Band a few months after it’s inception in 1969. The ‘Batties’ have been pre-eminent in Scottish traditional music for over 30 years, have toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings.
Alan has been at the ‘engine room’ of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. He was the first to use keyboards as an integral
part of a traditional folk band and his and Battlefield Band’s influence can be heard in many of today’s younger generation of Celtic musicians.In 1998 his first solo album ‘The Sunlit Eye’ featuring new songs and tunes was released followed by his song and tune book ‘Martyrs, Rogues and Worthies’ in 2001.
Alan’s songs have been a feature of the band’s repertoire since the early 80’sand are noted for their story telling element, lyricism and strong melody.
He has brought out an new album with Rob, “The Rise and Fall o’ Charlie” for which he wrote five songs, and was an Album of the Week on Celtic Music Radio. He is also currently working on an album with Rob on the life of John Paul Jones the Scots born sailor for which Alan has written all the material. This album will be released in 2011.