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.
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.
the years there have been many line-up changes and
indeed the band are remarkable for the smooth and organic
way in which these changes have taken place. Their continued
creativity, freshness and enthusiasm is due to the positive
way they have viewed and used these changes.
release ‘Room Enough For All’
(awarded Album of the Year at the prestigious MG Alba Scots
Trad Music Awards 2013) captures the fiery instrumental dynamics,
intuitive interplay and understanding between world class
musicians, while their plaintive ballads and tales of social
history are as powerful and relevant as ever.
fresh as new mown hay...
their live show was a revelation, their new album is a keeper'
Irish Music Magazine, May/June 2013