Biography

 

Scots Trad Award Nominee
Alan Reid

(vocal, keyboard, guitar, piano accordion)

Alan was a vital member of Scotland’s legendary
folk group Battlefield Band for 40 years. His groundbreaking
keyboard work helped cement the band’s reputation as
one of the most influential of its generation, while his songs
steadily gained admirers. From beautiful ballads to a musical
cycle on the life and times of Scots born sailor John Paul Jones
Alan has forged a reputation for composing songs with
beguiling melodies and strong historical content. He was
nominated in the 2009 Scots Tradition Awards in the
‘Composer of the Year’ category. With the ’Batties’ Alan
recorded almost 30 albums, won awards and toured all over
the world, appearing at festivals in North America, Europe and
Australia and New Zealand. His contribution to the band’s
story has helped enshrine its stature in Scottish culture,
confirmed when the band was inaugurated int
 the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

Alan has continued developing his song writing in his partnership
with Rob. He has written songs for several drama pieces, one
of which was featured in the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2014
powerful production ‘Glasgow Girls’. He has been a regular
teacher of Scots song at the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering in
North Carolina and has guested both in Linn Records mammoth
12 CD series of the Complete Songs of Robert Burns and on the
CD ‘Life and Times of Scrooge’, the solo album of
Tuomas Holopainen of metal band heavyweights ‘Nightwish’.
The album gained a gold disc in 2014.

As well as all the recordings with Battlefield band and Rob
Alan has released 2 solo albums, ‘The Sunlit Eye’ and
‘Recollection’, and a songbook ‘Martyrs, Rogues and Worthies’.
He has also collaborated with Virginia singer and
multi-instrumentalist Bob Zentz and occasionally performs solo.

Alan plays a Yamaha P-80 electronic piano, Hohner student
accordion and a Yamaha FG-160e guitar.

Rob van Sante

(vocals, guitars, mandolin, synthesizers, percussion, programming)

 

Rob was born in the Netherlands but has
lived most of his life in England. His mother was a child
prodigy pianist so music was an important part of his early life.
But Rob’s first love has always been the guitar.
From the 1970s onwards he toured extensively in Europe,
North Africa and the Middle East, working with many
stalwarts of the U.K. folk and jazz scene. In the early
90s he joined the ranks of Battlefield Band as
their ‘fifth’ member (sound engineer) and continued
in that role until 2010.

Acknowledged for his subtle guitar accompaniments and fine
harmony singing Rob is also a noted producer, recording engineer
and session musician. Outside of the duo work he records and plays
with veteran singer and songwriter John Conolly, writer of
classic folk standard ‘Fiddlers’ Green’ and also with
U.S. songwriter Janie Meneely.
 

Rob plays a Martin D-28, a Martin D12-35
a Harmony H1260, an
Ovation Balladeer
and a Quiles C-2 nylon strung concert guitar.
He uses DADGAD, DADDAD, CGCGCC, CGDGAD,
CGDGCD and standard tunings. 

Together

The duo has released four critically acclaimed albums and has toured worldwide, also guesting at festivals
such as the U.S.A.’s Mystic Seaport Sea Festival and Old Songs Folk Festival, Australia’s National Folk Festival,
plus a variety of British and European festivals. Their multi media presentation on the life of John Paul Jones, originally
premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival has been showcased throughout the U.S and the U.K.

 

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