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ALAN REID and ROB van SANTE, after an invigorating summer of solo projects and recording a new CD, are now eager to hit the road with a series of concerts in the U.K., Germany and France.
*Alan and Rob present a lively show featuring Alan’s compositions and traditional material, rooted largely in
the music of the Scottish landscape, its cities, countryside and its coastline. From achingly beautiful ballads (like The Riccarton Tollman’s Daughter and The Pleasure will be
Mine) to an entire musical cycle centered on the life and times of Scottish native John Paul Jones, Alan has long fostered a reputation for his songs (forged in his Battlefield Band years) which have been lauded for their strong melodies and historical content. Ably complemented by Rob’s voice and supported by his tasteful accompaniments the duo offer a heady blend of seamless harmonies underpinned by sensitive arrangements on piano, guitars and accordion and topped by an engaging delivery peppered with dry humour and pithy anecdotes.
ALAN REID and ROB van SANTE (SCOTTISH FOLK)
Alan and Rob present a lively show rooted largely in the music of the Scotland, its rich and varied history and landscape providing much of the inspiration for their material. Combining their musical talents the duo offer a heady blend of seamless harmonies underpinned by sensitive arrangements on piano, guitars and accordion and topped by an engaging delivery peppered with dry humour and pithy anecdotes.
ALAN REID was born in Glasgow and became a vital member of
celebrated Scottish folk group Battlefield Band from 1969 till 2010.
He helped cement the band’s international reputation with his story-style songwriting and sensitive renditions of traditional song. From achingly beautiful ballads (like The Riccarton Tollman’s Daughter and The Pleasure will be Mine) to an entire musical cycle centered on the life and times of Scots native John Paul Jones, Alan has long fostered a reputation for songs in English and Scots that are strong in melody and historical content.
In 2009 he was nominated in the Scots Traditions Awards in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category. He also contributed in Linn
Records’ mammoth 12 CD recording of the entire Robert Burns song catalogue. More recently his writing featured in the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2014 production of the musical ‘The Glasgow Girls’ while his singing and speaking talents were utilised in ‘The Life and Times of Scrooge’, the solo album of Finnish rock star Tuomas
Holopainen of metal band ‘Nightwish’.
ROB van SANTE
Rob was born in Holland but has lived almost all his adult life in the
north of England. His early life was steeped in music (his mother was a piano playing child prodigy) but guitar has always been his
first love. He was influenced by rock and blues as a teenager, but
it was when he arrived in England that he was introduced to and
found a love of folk music.
Since then he has become a well known figure in the English folk scene, playing with a host of folk luminaries and recording many of them in his studio in his home town of Leeds. Rob’s most recent project has been recording, producing and engineering the latest album of veteran songwriter John Connoly (writer of the ever popular ‘Fiddler’s Green’). Rob plays and sings on the album and gigs with John whenever the opportunity arises.
Alan and Rob formed their duo in 2000 and performed occasionally
while still working with Battlefield Band until 2010 when they both departed the band. Since then they have regularly toured the
U.K. , North America. Europe. Australia and New Zealand. They
have released four critically acclaimed albums, the latest of which is entitled ‘Rough Diamonds’ (2014). As well as a concert act which features many of Alan’s songs and
a choice selection of modern and traditional folk songs sung by both the duo have a special show built around their third CD ‘The
Adventures of John Paul Jones (2012).
This was performed as a musical drama at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in 2012
and at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. There is also a multi media
version of the John Paul Jones story consisting of song, storytelling and slides.
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