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Founding member of Celtic super-group Battlefield Band

Scottish singer, songwriter performs in Rockland Oct. 11

Oct 03, 2019
Photo by: J. M. Thomas ©2011 Alan Reid

Rockland — Alan Reid, acclaimed folksinger, songwriter and founding member of Scottish super-group The Battlefield Band will appear on Friday, Oct. 11, in a concert for Rockland Folk Arts. The concert will be held at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St., and begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is $15 at the door, cash or checks only, please. Plenty of free parking is available at the museum. For more information, call 593-8068 or visit

Glasgow-born Reid has been taking Scottish folk music all over the world since joining the fledgling Battlefield Band in 1969. Over the years he became the band’s principal songwriter, recording almost 30 albums with the "Batties” and garnering a reputation for his keyboard playing, singing and songwriting. His keyboard work helped cement the group’s reputation as one of the most influential Celtic bands of its generation. Reid and his Battlefield Band colleagues were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in November 2016 in recognition of their contribution to Scots traditional music.

​​In 2010, he left the "Batties" to concentrate on his duo with Dutch-born guitarist/singer Rob van Sante, with whom he continues to tour Europe, North America and Australia. He composed all the music for the duo’s third album, “The Adventures of John Paul Jones,” which told the story of the Scots-born mariner who was a hero for the American colonists during the Revolutionary War. In addition to his recordings with Battlefield Band and with Rob Van Sante, Reid has released two solo albums, “The Sunlit Eye” and “Recollection.”

​The National Theatre of Scotland featured Reid’s compositions in its award-winning production of “The Glasgow Girls,” a musical about asylum seekers. In recent years Reid has taught Scots Song at the prestigious annual “Swannanoa Gathering” in North Carolina. He was also a guest artist in the Linn Records mammoth 12 CD recording of the songs of Robert Burns, Scotland’s beloved national poet, whose poems, songs and music have endured over the centuries.

​Rockland Folk Arts is an all-volunteer collaborative dedicated to presenting live folk music in Midcoast Maine. The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum is a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) educational organization founded and maintained by Capt. Jim Sharp and his wife, Meg. This concert is part of a series being sponsored at the museum by the two organizations.


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