Alan Reid & Christine Primrose: Temple Records Artists Nominated for 2009 Trad Awards
November 7, 2009 by RED
Hands up for Trad are hosting the 7th MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on 28th November 2009 in DG One, Dumfries. This year two deserving Temple Records artists have been nominated for awards:
Alan Reid – the talented musician singer/songwriter & co-founder of the renowned Scottish traditional group Battlefield Band. His solo and harmony singing have been to the fore throughout the band’s history and his selfpenned songs have long been noted for their strong melodies, story telling element & lyricism. He has also gained recognition for his fine instrumental compositions and he is further noted for his interpretations & setting to music of several of the well known poems of Robert Burns; championing Burns’ work many years before others discovered an interest in it.
For almost four decades, Alan has been at the ‘engine room’ of Battlefield Band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. He was the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band and the depth of his melodic playing and punctuated rhythms have so defined Celtic music that his, and Battlefield Band’s, influence can be heard in many of today’s younger generation of Celtic musicians.
Nominated in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category, an award for the ‘best songwriter, tunesmith, composer of 2009′
Christine Primrose – the great Gaelic singer, and a trailblazer for Gaelic song. Christine has been singing traditional Gaelic song all her life, winning many prizes at the Mod and the Pan Celtic Festival and has rightly become a highly regarded and sought after tutor & artist who has also done so much to introduce the music to a wider non-Gaelic speaking audience, both in Scotland and beyond.
Her first album, ‘Àite mo Ghaoil’, was released in 1982 – at a time when traditional Gaelic singing was not widely known or appreciated – and broke many barriers, becoming in retrospect, an album that broke the mould. Since then she has released several other highly acclaimed albums and is now Principal Song Tutor at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College in Skye, whilst also continuing to record & tour.
Nominated in the ‘Gaelic Singer of the Year’ category.