The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts will present Alan Reid and Rob van Sante in their return concert to our area on Tuesday, March 24. These legendary Scottish singers will perform in the intimate setting of the first-floor gallery at the Tillotson Center in Colebrook, which will prove to be an ideal setting for their “coffeehouse” balladeer style.
The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and snack food and beverages that can be purchased at the coffeehouse during the show. The popular duo first performed at the Moose Muck Coffee House two years ago and again in 2013, when they received a warm receptions from local music fans.
Tickets for the Colebrook concert are $15 each and will be available at the door on the night of the show. “This will be a memorable evening of music in a very relaxed setting here in the North Country,” said Charlie Jordan, President of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts.
Alan Reid has assured himself a place among the legends of Celtic music, having been a member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 until his departure in 2010. In that time, he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. The Battlefield Band won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and throughout Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle.
His first solo album, “The Sunlit Eye,” featuring original songs and tunes, was released in 1998 and was followed up with a song and tune book “Martyrs, Rogues and Worthies” in 2001.
Rob van Sante is a guitarist of exceptional skill and subtlety. He was born in the Netherlands and begun playing guitar at an early age. As his interest in music developed, he became influenced by the best of Folk, Rock, R&B and Blues. During the 1970s-90s he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Rob has appeared on many albums displaying his virtuoso vocal ability both as a lead and harmony singer, also showcasing his undoubted instrumental skills to the project in question. All these strands come together to make a perfect foil to Alan and his music.
The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts brings some 20 concerts a year to the Tillotson Center. For more information on these and other upcoming GNWCA concerts or how you can become a supporting member of the GNWCA, call 237-9302 or 246-8998, or you can visit www.gnwca.org.