Reid, van Sante play Folk Arts concert

Oct 07, 2016
Photo by: J.M. Thomas Alan Reid, left, and Rob van Sante

Rockland — Singer, songwriter, accordion player and keyboardist Alan Reid, one of the founders of the famed Scottish folk group the Battlefield Band, will join Dutch-born guitarist and singer Rob van Sante in a concert for Rockland Folk Arts Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. To allow their fans to watch the final presidential debate later that evening, Reid and van Sante will perform one 90-minute set.

“It’s the first time we’ll be opening for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” Reid joked in a phone call from his home in Scotland.

The concert will be held at the home of George Stephens and Kathy Westra, 192 Limerock St. Plenty of parking is available in the Congregational Church lot next door. Reservations are essential, since seating is limited; call 593-8068 to reserve a seat. Suggested donation for the concert is $15, with all proceeds going to the performers.

Refreshments will be provided, and a debate-watching party (bring a potluck contribution to share) with the performers will follow the concert for those who wish to stay.

Reid was a founder and vital member of Battlefield Band from 1969 till 2010. The “Batties” have been preeminent in Scottish music for decades, touring the world and recording more than 30 albums. In November, the band will be inaugurated into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

Reid was the first to use keyboards as an integral element in a traditional Scottish folk band. His original songs are noted for their lyricism, strong melody and storytelling; and were an important component of his performances with the band and, more recently, with musical partner van Sante, with whom he has been touring since 2000. Reid also composed all the songs and music for the duo’s recent biographical album on the life of 18th-century sailor John Paul Jones.

Netherlands-born van Sante is an accomplished guitarist and singer who began playing at an early age, absorbing and incorporating musical styles of all genres. In the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, he worked with a variety of well-known English and Celtic musicians, touring extensively in Europe as well as North Africa and the Middle East; and eventually putting down roots in Leeds in the north of England. It was at this time he came in contact with the Battlefield Band and was recruited as their sound engineer and unofficial fifth member.

Rockland Folk Arts is an all-volunteer collaborative dedicated to supporting the live performance of folk music in Midcoast Maine. All concert receipts go directly to featured performers.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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