resources for media, promotional & technical purposes
 
short bio

Battlefield Band are one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music. Their seamless fusion of ancient and contemporary music and song has continually evolved over the decades, confirming them as vital composers and interpreters at the forefront of a living tradition.

In 2015, following on from their previous award winning release, the band invited twelve special guests into the studio to explore and play the music and songs shared by the two vibrant cultures of Scotland and Ireland. The resulting album, 'Beg & Borrow', was released to critical acclaim. An record of great depth, it perfectly captures the fiery instrumental dynamics, intuitive interplay and understanding between world class traditional musicians, while the plaintive ballads and tales of social history are as powerful and relevant as ever.

long bio
Battlefield Band are one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music and have been a bedrock of talent for over four decades. Their seamless fusion of ancient and contemporary music and song has continually evolved, 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.

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.

During 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.

In 2015, following on from their previous award winning release 'Room Enough For All', the band invited twelve special guests into the studio to explore and play the music and songs shared by the two vibrant cultures of Scotland and Ireland. The resulting album, 'Beg & Borrow', was released to critical acclaim. An record of great depth, it perfectly captures the fiery instrumental dynamics, intuitive interplay and understanding between world class traditional musicians, while the plaintive ballads and tales of social history are as powerful and relevant as ever.

awards

2014 - Best World/Traditional Song
Independent Music Awards, Vox Populi Award

2013 - ‘Album Of The Year’
MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards

2012 - Best World/Traditional Song
Independent Music Awards, Vox Populi Award

2011 - 'Scottish Folk Band of the Year'
MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards

2003 - 'Best Live Act'
Inaugural Scots Trad Music Awards

Battlefield Band’s ‘Room Enough For All’ was awarded ‘Album Of The Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2013. The group are honoured to have now been recognised by the awards for a third time in the band's 45 year history, having previously been awarded 'Best Live Act' at the inaugural awards ceremony in 2003 and 'Scottish Folk Band of the Year' in 2011. The awards ceremony, which was televised on BBC Alba, was held in Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 7th December 2013, in front of an audience of musicians, traditional music fans and representatives of the Scottish Government and cultural organisations.

Piper Mike Katz said “Battlefield Band are very honoured to have won this award, particularly so as it was voted for by the public. The band would like to give our sincere thanks and dedicate the award not only to our audience, but also to the many musicians, agents, promoters and venues we have worked with over the years. Without these people we would not have had the privilege of finding an audience. Simon Thoumire and his ‘Hands Up For Trad’ team obviously put in a massive amount of organisational work to make the awards run smoothly and they do a great job in terms of promoting traditional music"