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Playlist of The Battlefield Band

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  • THE BATTLEFIELD BAND

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    RECORDED 1977 BY TOPIC RECORDS
    Battlefield Band are a Scottish traditional music group. Founded in Glasgow in 1969, they have released over 30 albums and undergone many changes of lineup. As of 2010, none of the original founders remain in the band.

    The band is noted for their combination of bagpipes with other instruments, most notably on their cover of Bad Moon Rising, and for its mix of traditional songs and new material. Battlefield Band tours internationally, playing to audiences in Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Canada, and more than 60 cities annually in the United States.

    They have collaborated with other musicians including the Scottish harp player and glass sculptor Alison Kinnaird.
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  • Battlefield Band in concert 2006

    5:51

    This footage is an extract from a full length concert DVD - see for more details.

    Battlefield Band play Scottish music of a rare passion and joy. Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today's Scottish cultural scene, which indeed they have done much to create and fuel, they have led, and been at the forefront, of a great revival in Scottish music for over 30 years.

    During those years there have obviously been line-up changes, and the continued creativity, freshness and enthusiasm so obvious in their music is due to the positive way they have viewed, and used, these changes - and of course the new musicians themselves have been of prime importance.

    Alan Reid : (Keyboards, Vocals)
    Mike Katz : (Highland Pipes, Whistles, Bass)
    Alasdair White : (Fiddle, Whistles,Bouzouki)
    Sean O'Donnell : (Vocals, Guitar)

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  • Battlefield Band Live in Concert at Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, New York, Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    42:30

    The Battlefield Band on Opening weekend at Towne Crier. Battlefield Band is world famous and many say the best Scottish traditional and folk band ever, originally formed in 1969 in Battlefield, outside Glasgow. Membership has changed over the years, and today's foursome are blending traditional music with more contemporary tunes, always communicating their homegrown European perspective and musical identity while relating the style and emotion of their gaelic roots. Mike Katz, bagpipes, small pipes and mandolin, joined in 1997. Lead fiddle player, also small pipes and whistles, Alasdair White, joined in 2001 followed by Sean O'Donnell, guitar, in 2005. Ewen Henderson, bagpipes, fiddle, piano, whistles came onboard in 2010. All perform vocals. One extraordinary feature of Battlefield Band is their compositions utilizing dueling fiddles and dueling bagpipes.They are at once the bedrock and cutting edge of traditional and modern Scottish music, always nostalgic, always evolving. They played several tunes from their new album, Room Enough for All, and did their own marvelous original rendition of the great Otis Redding ballad, That's How Strong My Love Is, to which they added their own bridge because, as Sean explains, They wanted to 'folk' it up. They all have a great sense of humor which makes an evening with them even more enjoyable. BB composes adaptations of social historical material--of poems, accounts of real people and lifestyles, of fables, siege and war--which are their unique musical interpretations and inventions, and so become their own. Their style is wonderfully versatile, ranging from traditional dance, to what i would call Scottish ragtime, to songs about Gaelic and Celtic heritage. One unforgettable song, Farewell, Indiana, which is both a lament and celebration, is about a friend's return to Scotland after spending forty years in Indiana. Thanks to Battlefield Band and Towne Crier Cafe for their blessing to record and post this 1080p video of concert segments.

  • Shipyard Apprentice - The Battlefield Band

    3:49

    Shipyard Apprentice - The Battlefield Band

    A great song about Glasgow's shipbuilding heritage and the fierce loyalty and pride of the men who bilt the ships of an empire.

    The Shipyard Apprentice, also known as Fairfield Crane, is the most enduring of Archie Fisher's songs. It was written for a BBC radio series called 'Landmarks', the lyrics as a joint production with Norman Buchan, with a tune by Glasgow fiddler and Broomhill Bum Bobby Campbell. None of Norman's verses for the programme have been kept in Archie's sung version. As the fortunes of the Clyde shipyards have changed over the years other hands have wanted to change the song. Alasdair Robertson and John McCreadie have both made amended versions. This version by The Battlefield Band is my personal favourite and comes from their eponymous debut album (Topic Records, 1977).

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  • Battlefield Band - MacPhersons Lament

    5:27

    Enjoy!

  • Time and Tide Battlefield Band | Rare Album | Scottish Folk Music

    46:44

    A rare album of the Battlefield Band Time and Tide. Beautiful compositions by the early Battlefield Band group.

    Alan Reid: (Keyboards, Vocals)
    Mike Katz: (Highland Pipes, Whistles, Bass)
    Alasdair White: (Fiddle, Whistles, Bouzouki)
    Sean O'Donnell: (Vocals, Guitar)
    Pat Kilbride: (Vocals, Guitar)

    00:00-04:22 Chuir i Gluin Air a Bhodach
    04:23-09:03 Nancy's Whiskey
    09:04-13:01 If Cadillac Made Tractors
    13:02-16:27 Camden Town
    16:28-21:07 The Skylark's Ascension
    21:08-25:00 Time and Tide
    25:01-29:10 The Bonny Jeannie Deans
    29:10-32:26 The Walking Nightmare
    32:26-36:04 Rothesay Bay
    36:05-38:52 Welcome The Piper
    38:53-42:45 Sunset
    42:46 Whiskey from the Field

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  • Battlefield Band - Live at Philadelphia Folk Festival

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    One of the great institutions of the Scottish music scene, Battlefield Band's inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music continually evolves and they remain established amongst the most vital contemporary composers and interpreters of traditional Scottish music today.

    Latest album 'Room Enough For All' captures Battlefield Band's ever-fiery instrumental dynamics, exhibiting the intuitive interplay and understanding between world class traditional musicians, while their plaintive ballads, tales of social history and songs from the Scots Gaelic tradition are as powerful, relevant and moving as ever.

    '...Scotland's flagship folk band...' (fROOTS)

    'one of Scotland's great veteran bands' (BBC Music Review)

  • Battlefield Band at the 1981 Philadelphia Folk Festival

    3:34

    Battlefield Band in full flight.

  • Battlefield Band - The Yew Tree

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    Lyrics :
    A mile frae Pentcaitland, on the road to the sea
    Stands a yew tree a thousand years old
    And the old women swear by the grey o' their hair
    That it knows what the future will hold
    For the shadows of Scotland stand round it
    'Mid the kail and the corn and the kye
    All the hopes and the fears of a thousand long years
    Under the Lothian sky

    My bonnie yew tree
    Tell me what did you see

    Did you look through the haze o' the lang summer days
    Tae the South and the far English border
    A' the bonnets o' steel on Flodden's far field
    Did they march by your side in good order
    Did you ask them the price o' their glory
    When you heard the great slaughter begin
    For the dust o' their bones would rise up from the stones
    To bring tears to the eyes o' the wind

    My bonnie yew tree
    Tell me what did you see

    Not once did you speak for the poor and the weak
    When the moss-troopers lay in your shade
    To count out the plunder and hide frae the thunder
    And share out the spoils o' their raid
    But you saw the smiles o' the gentry
    And the laughter of lords at their gains
    When the poor hunt the poor across mountain and moor
    The rich man can keep them in chains

    My bonnie yew tree
    Tell me what did you see

    Did you no' think tae tell when John Knox himsel'
    Preached under your branches sae black
    To the poor common folk who would lift up the yoke
    O' the bishops and priests wi' their backs
    But you knew the bargain he sold them
    And freedom was only one part
    For the price o' their souls was a gospel sae cold
    It would freeze up the joy in their hearts

    My bonnie yew tree
    Tell me what did you see

    And I thought as I stood and laid hands on your wood
    That it might be a kindness to fell you
    One kiss o' the axe and you're freed frae th' likes
    O' the sad bloody tales that men tell you
    But a wee bird flew out from your branches
    And sang out as never before
    And the words o' the song were a thousand years long
    And to learn them's a long thousand more

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  • Battlefield Band ~ Heave Ya Ho

    4:29

    From their album, Rain, Hail or Shine.

  • Shepherd Lad - Battlefield Band

    3:53

    I don't own this music

  • The Battlefield Band — The Ballad of Accounting

    3:37

    Album: Dookin'
    Year: 2007

  • Battlefield Band: Highland Hi light

    50:34

  • Atholl Gathering sung by the Battlefield Band

    2:23

    Song of the '45 Jacobite Rising

  • Battlefield Band The Beaches of St. Valery

    6:33

    A wonderful tale and a fine example of bravery
    The Beaches of St Valery
    1) It was in 1940, the last days of Spring.
    We were sent to the Maginot line,
    A fortress in France, built to halt the advance,
    Of an army from a different time.
    But we were soon overrun, out-thought and outgunned.
    Pushed further back every day.
    But we never believed high command would just leave us.
    So we fought every inch of the way

    2) 'Til the 51st Highlanders found themselves on
    The banks of the Somme one more time.
    It still bore the scars of that war to end wars.
    The old soldier's scars deep in their minds.
    But we couldn't stay long for the Panzers rolled on
    As the battle raged west t'wards the sea,
    Until on June the 10th when sapped of all strength
    I entered St. Valery

    Chorus:
    And all I recall is the last boat leavin'!
    My brother on board waving and calling to me
    And the Jocks stranded there wi' their hands in the air
    On the beaches of St. Valery

    3) So I huddled all night in a hammered old house
    As the shells and the bullets rained down
    'Til just before dawn our hopes were still strong
    For we moved to the beach from the town
    But the boat that had left on the day we arrived
    Was the only one that we'd ever see
    An' with no ammo or food we had done all we could
    Se we surrendered at St. Valery

    Chorus:

    4) When I returned at the end of the war,
    From the Stalag where I'd been confined,
    I read of the battles the allies had fought,
    Stalingrad, Alamein, and the Rhine.
    And with pride in their hearts people spoke of Dunkirk
    How defeat had become victory
    But nobody mentioned that Highland Division.
    They'd never heard of St.Valery

    5) No stories no statues for those that were killed.
    No honours for those who were caught.
    Just a deep sense of shame as though we were to blame,
    Though I knew in my heart we were not.
    So I've moved to a country I've come to call home
    But my homeland lies far o'er the sea.
    I will never return while my memory still burns
    On the beaches of St. Valery.

    Chorus:

  • Battlefield Band - Philadelphia Folk Festival 2011

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    Promo Video, featuring Scotland's great flagship band in the studio and footage from a live performance at Philadelphia Folk Festival 2011. An ever evolving group; over the years new members have brought with them new ideas, music, instruments, attitudes and influences, leading to continued creativity and enthusiasm.

    Their latest album 'Line-up' finds them fresh and invigorated, illustrating once again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today. The band now includes young multi-instrumentalist Ewen Henderson, along with established members Mike Katz, Alasdair White & Sean O'Donnell, and has been received with great acclaim on their US, Canadian & UK tours, as they move on to a new, exciting period in their musical development.

    Find out more at
    Boookings in the USA & Canada through Folklore Productions

  • Battlefield band 4

    8:50

    Rovin dies hard from the cd Home ground the next is I hae a wife/TheTarbolton jig/TarboltonLodge
    from the cdMusic in trust ...vol 2

    Battlefield have had many changes but the music moves on YET it Stays true to their CELTIC roots a truly wonderful sound they make ..............LANG MAY THEIR LUM REEK

  • Battlefield Band - 18 August 2012 - The Queens Hall, Edinburgh

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    Battlefield Band play a set of reels on Sat 18 August 2012 at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. You can also find pictures from this show on our Flickr page at




    [NB - 19 Aug 2012 Update: According to the band's Facebook page, this reel is called The Hairy Angler Fish]

  • Battlefield Band Reels

    6:31

    Battelfield band play a set of reels at Don Quixote's, Felton CA, Nov 3 2009

  • Battlefield Band - Gathering Storm

    3:16

    A song from the album Dookin'.

    This is intended for preview purposes only. Please support the artists by buying the album!

    (c)Temple Records and the Battlefield Band

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  • Battlefield band at his majestys pleasure

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  • Battlefield Band-The Road Of Tears

    4:19

    This song is taken from the 2006 Album of the same name THE ROAD OF TEARS.
    Many of the songs on this Album deal with emigration both voluntary and force.
    Battlefield was founded in Glasgow in 1969 it has undergone many many changes of lineup through founding member Alan Reid some of the past members that have been in the band are...............
    Brian McNeill
    John Gahagan
    Jen Clark
    John McCusker
    Davy Steele { late }
    Dougie Pincock
    Duncan MacGillvary
    Iain MacDonald
    Alistair Russell
    Pat Kilbride
    Ged Foley
    Katrine Polwart
    Jamie MacMenemy
    Jim { late} & Sylvia Barnes

  • The Pitts Medley, Battlefield Band

    6:05

    “The Pitts Medley, Battlefield Band ( performed at the Institute of Musical Traditions ( Rockville, Maryland, USA on November 17, 2014.

    Battlefield Band are one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music. Inspired by their rich heritage and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today's Scottish cultural scene, which they have done much to create and fuel, their seamless fusion of ancient and contemporary music and song has continually evolved over the decades, confirming their position as vital composers and interpreters at the forefront of a living tradition.

    Named after the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four student friends in 1969, they have now been on the world's roads for over forty five years, distilling their own unique form of the Scottish spirit. They've performed in Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Syria, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, U.S.A., Canada, Uzbekistan, China and the U.K; breaking down barriers and pioneering many new directions which others have followed. Angry, joyful, raucous, contemplative, their music is most importantly - accessible to all.

    Sound: Art Isaacs, Dave Eisner, Dave Richardson

    Camera: Dick Tufts, Laura Christoplos, Emily Whiting, Ralph Lillie

    Editing: Ralph Lillie

    © 2014, Institute of Musical Traditions

  • Battlefield Band & Van Morrison 1

    2:33

    Scotland's Battlefield Band landed a series of 3 concert programmes in 1984, where they were permitted to invite guests onto the programme. They were delighted - and maybe a bit surprised - when Van Morrison accepted.
    Robin Morton - ex-Boys Of The Lough, and the Battlefield Band's manager - joins in on bodhran. Van Morrison brought in Arty McGlynn on guitar.
    1st of 2 clips.

  • BATTLEFIELD BAND Celtic hotel

    27:02

    seleccion de los mejores temas de su cd celtic hotel

  • Battlefield Band - The Dear Green Place

    5:02

    Mein Lieblingslied mit Impressionen von Irland

  • BattleField Band ~ We work the black seam

    4:30

    We Work The Black Seam


    This place has changed for good
    Your economic theory said it would
    It's hard for us to understand
    We can't give up our jobs the way we should
    Our blood has stained the coal
    We tunneled deep inside the nation's soul
    We matter more than pounds and pence
    Your economic theory makes no sense

    One day in a nuclear age
    They may understand our rage
    They build machines that they can't control
    And bury the waste in a great big hole
    Power was to become cheap and clean
    Grimy faces were never seen
    But deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
    We work the black seam together

    The seam lies underground
    Three million years of pressure packed it down
    We walk through ancient forest lands
    And light a thousand cities with our hands
    Your dark satanic mills
    Have made redundant all our mining skills
    You can't exchange a six inch band
    For all the poisoned streams in Cumberland

    One day in a nuclear age
    They may understand our rage
    They build machines that they can't control
    And bury the waste in a great big hole
    Power was to become cheap and clean
    Grimy faces were never seen
    But deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
    We work the black seam together

    Our conscious lives run deep
    You cling onto your mountain while we sleep
    This way of life is part of me
    The is no price so only let me be
    And should the children weep
    The turning world will sing their souls to sleep
    When you have sunk without a trace
    The universe will suck me into place

    One day in a nuclear age
    They may understand our rage
    They build machines that they can't control
    And bury the waste in a great big hole
    Power was to become cheap and clean
    Grimy faces were never seen
    But deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
    We work the black seam together

  • Battlefield band 5

    9:43

    Two tracks from the 1986 album On the rise Dear green place/ The Clumsy lover/The unmade bed

  • Battlefield Band - The Yew Tree

    3:58

    Another version of my favorite tune, this time by a scottish group named battlefield band. Check them out they are really good and have great versions of greater songs.

  • Battlefield band-Concert at his Majestys theatre

    10:00

    Live in Aberdeen:
    Alan Reid
    Iain MacDonald
    Alastair Russell
    John McCuster

  • Battlefield Band, from Scotland: memories you didnt know you had...

    3:55

    Battlefield Band play Scottish music of a rare passion and joy. Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today's Scottish cultural scene, which indeed they have done much to create and fuel, they have led, and been at the forefront, of a great revival in Scottish music for over 30 years.

    During those years there have obviously been line-up changes, and the continued creativity, freshness and enthusiasm so obvious in their music is due to the positive way they have viewed, and used, these changes - and of course the new musicians themselves have been of prime importance.

    You can find out about upcoming tour dates at

    You can find the band's recordings at

    This video contains extracts from Battlefield Band's full length concert DVD (see for more details) along with footage from various sources, including the World Pipe Band Championships 2009 & The Gathering 2009. Enjoy!

  • Scottish music : The Battlefield Band - Scotlands March

    2:44

    The Battlefield Band play Scotland's March - 1984.

  • Battlefield Band 1984 - Ina MacKenzie/The Braes o Melinish/Troys Wedding

    3:13

    Ina MacKenzie / The Braes Of Melinish / Troy's Wedding -

  • Duelling Fiddles... ...Battlefield Band in Concert at the Music Tryst Festival 2010

    7:02

    This set of music by Scottish traditional group Battlefield Band, was recorded on September 18th 2010, at their inaugural Music Tryst Festival at Newbattle Abbey in Scotland. The line up for this show was:

    Fiddle - Alasdair White & Ewen Henderson
    Bagpipes - Mike Katz
    Guitar - Sean O'Donnell
    Keyboards: Alan Reid

    This set primarily features the fiddle talents of Alasdair White & young multi-instrumentalist Ewen Henderson, the latter having only joined the band in 2010. The band will remain as a five piece group for a US & Canadian tour in Nov 2010 before Ewen picks up the baton from founder member Alan Reid, who leaves the band at the end of the year.


    You can find tour date information for all shows, and the US/Canadian tour at:

  • The Battlefield Band-The Lily and The Rose

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    Performance by the Battlefield Band of Scotland at Kantara House, Green Point NSW
    26 Nov 2013

  • Battlefield band at Lowender Peran 2001

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    Scottish group the Battlefield Band playing at the 2001 Lowender Peran Festival in Cornwall

  • the universal: the battlefield band

    8:52

    The Universal is a show about music and conversation, hosted by Tom Maxwell.

  • The BATTLEFIELD BAND nails it to the wall in Ojai.

    6:32

    I can't say what the name of this tune is but it rocked the Matilija Auditorium on Wednesday night (Wed. Nov. 4th 2010) for the Ojai Concert Series.. We had over180 happy folks there and they loved every minute.
    The band was very friendly and an all round great bunch of guys.
    Loved em!

  • Scottish traditional music : The Battlefield Band - Set of jigs

    3:01

    The Battlefield Band play a set of jigs.

  • battlefield band

    9:01

    here is a couple of tunes from the Battlefield Band

  • The Battlefield Band

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  • The Battlefield Band - Opening Moves - The Cruel Brother

    5:25

    There were three ladies played at ba'
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    But a knight came by, played o'er them a'
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    This knight bowed low tae a' the three
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    But tae the youngest he bent his knee
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    O lady fair, gie me your hand
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    And I'll mak ye lady o'er all my land
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    Sir knight ere you my favour win
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    Ye maun gain consent o'er all my kin
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    He gained consent fae her parents dear
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    And likewise fae her sisters fair
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    He's gained consent o'er all her kin
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    He forgot tae speak tae her brother John
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    When the wedding day was come
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    This knight would take his bonnie bride home
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    Her mother led her through the close
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    And her brother John stood her on her horse
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    He took a knife baith long and sharp
    ...
    And he stabbed the bonnie bride tae her heart
    ...

    Lead me tae yon high high hill
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    And I'll lie doon and I'll mak my will
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    And what will you gie tae your brother John
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    The gallows tree for tae hang him on
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

    And what will you gie to your brother John's wife
    Hey wi' the rose and the linsey o
    The wilderness tae end her life
    Doon by the greenwood sidey o

  • The Battlefield Band live at The Sellersville Theater

    5:07

    The Battlefield Band performing live at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA on March 26 2008.

    You can read about this show at my music blog:

  • Battlefield Band: The Boar and The Fox

    4:02

    Battlefield Band: Home is where the Van is

    Alan: lead and backing vocal, electric piano, synthesiser
    Brian: hurdy-gurdy, fiddle, backing vocal
    Duncan: whistle, bagpipes
    Ged: guitar

    Aufgenommen und produziert von ROBIN MORTON in TEMPLE RECORDS STUDIO
    Graphics: JIM HUTCHESON, The West Studio, Edinburgh
    Photos: IAN RUTHVEN
    Notizen: ILONA BUDKA

    SPRIGGAN-RECORDS Folk-Werkstatt Frohmestraße 66 2000 Hamburg 61

  • James Graham 1st Marquis of Montrose; Battlefield Band: John D.Burgess, Braemar Gathering

    4:13

    Trailer for new biography of Montrose; Bilder und Informationen zur Montrose-Biographie von Christoph Stempel mit Musik der Battlefield Band

  • ORTIGUEIRA 09 - The battlefield band

    2:47

  • Scottish Fiddle: Alasdair White & Sean ODonnell of Battlefield Band in the recording studio

    2:43

    Alasdair White (fiddle) & Sean O'Donnell (guitar) of Battlefield Band playing a couple of tunes in the Temple Records studio, Scotland, December 2008.


    See to find out more about the band and their upcoming tour dates.

    Go to to find Battlefield Band CDs, DVDs, music books & also solo albums by Battlefield Band members, including Alasdair White's debut solo CD - 'An Clàr Geal' (The White Album), Temple Records COMD2099

    ...exciting, stirring, fresh, moving... ...brilliantly played and arranged. I would rank this as one of my top albums of the year and I can't recommend it highly enough
    Shreds & Patches, Spring '07

    ...a thoughtful and stylish album
    Scotland On Sunday, 12.11.06

    ...the best thing to come out of Stornoway since Charlie MacLeod's black pudding
    The Glasgow Herald, 18.11.06

  • Runa and the Battlefield Band Live at the Philadelphia Folk Festival 8-21-11

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  • Battlefield Band

    1:20

    The Battlefield Band playing in Cantabria, Summer 06.
    I missed the rest of The Little Cascade (shame on me!)

  • Doggies and the Battlefield Band

    1:49

    Doggies in the back yard chillin to some great Scottish music-Test

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