Alan Reid and Rob van Sante present a lively show rooted in the music of Scotland, its rich history and varied landscape providing much of the inspiration for their material. Seamless harmonies underpinned by sensitive arrangements on piano, guitars and accordion are topped by an engaging delivery peppered with dry humor and pithy anecdotes. Their latest album, “Rough Diamonds,” is currently showcasing on their regular tours of North America and and Europe.
Alan was a vital member of celebrated Scottish folk group Battlefield Band from 1969 until 2010. He helped cement the band’s international reputation with his story-style songwriting and sensitive renditions of traditional song. From achingly beautiful ballads to a musical cycle on the Scots born American naval hero John Paul Jones, Alan has gained a reputation for songs strong in melody and historical content.
He was nominated at the 2009 Scots Traditions Awards in the Composer of the Year category and contributed to Linn Records’ mammoth 12 CD recording of the entire Robert Burns song catalogue. 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 utilized in “The Life and Times of Scrooge,” a solo album of Finnish rock star Tuomas Holopainen of metal band Nightwish. The Battlefield Band will be inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame at an inauguration dinner in Dundee, Scotland, on Friday, Nov. 11.
Rob, born in Holland, has lived most of his life in the north of England. Steeped in music from an early age (his mother was a piano playing child prodigy), guitar has always been Rob’s favored instrument. He was initially attracted to rock and blues as a teenager but it was in England that he discovered a love of folk music. Rob is well known in the English folk scene, playing with a host of folk luminaries and recording many of them in his home studio. In 2014 he recorded, produced and engineered the latest album of veteran songwriter John Connoly (writer of the ever popular “Fiddler’s Green”). Rob gigs with John whenever he can.
Tickets are available at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or at the door. General admission prices for the night are: adults, $15; students, $12; children under 12, $5. For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit www.gnwca.org or you can call 237-9302 or 246-8998.
The concert is the latest in the GNWCA at the Country Club music series. Coming up next is the husband-and-wife duo Dana and Susan Robinson, who will be performing Americana folk and mountain music at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. This will be followed on Saturday, Dec. 3, by a special Christmas concert by the Fireside Fiddlers. Look for an announcement soon for the next in the series of GNWCA at the Country Club concerts beginning after the new year.