Line-up is the superb new album from the award winning Battlefield Band, one of the great institutions of the Scottish music scene. A bedrock of music and talent for over four decades, they continue to lead the way with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. This is essential listening for all lovers of traditional music. Battlefield Band's aptitude for instrumental colour, nuance, expression and internal dynamics is, if anything, sharper than ever and these recordings showcase Scotland s great flagship band in peak form. Fiery instrumentals, plaintive ballads and songs of social history find them fresh, invigorated, and illustrate yet again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today, capable even of adding a Scottish twist to an Otis Redding soul classic. Always evolving, the new group line-up, which has been received with great acclaim on their US, Canadian & UK tours, finds Battlefield Band yet again moving on to a new, exciting period in their musical development, while building on the solid foundations that have always been key to their success. The latest recruit to the group, multi-instrumentalist Ewen Henderson, hails from the Highlands of Scotland. A superb talent, schooled by some of the masters of the genre, Ewan has quickly established himself as a strong force within a band of supremely capable musicians who look forward to introducing him to their worldwide audience.
As soon as this disc enters the player you just know you're in for a real treat...a thoughtful new chapter in the band's impressively long and rewarding career. -- Net-Rhythms
The most interesting line-up of this venerable institution. From Otis Redding's That's How Strong My Love Is to a Ballachulish bodach's Loch Liobhainn, they cover
many a tuneful Highland mile. -- Scotland On Sunday
This band is one of the great institutions of the Scottish music scene...Like England's Fairport Convention, they are impressive survivors - **** -- Robin Denselow, The Guardian, July 15th 2011
Whether utilising a song by Robert Burns, traditional melodies or their own selfpenned material there is always much to admire from a band that is forever evolving and, it has to be said, they do it with great style. -- Folking