Moore Free Library presents Scottish folk music masters

Moore Free Library presents Scottish folk music masters

NEWFANE — Alan Reid and Rob van Sante will present a concert of modern and traditional Scottish folk music intertwined with anecdotes, humor, and snippets of Scottish history at Moore Free Library in Newfane on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m.

Alan was a founding and vital member of Scotland's famed traditional music group, Battlefield Band, from its inception in 1969 until his departure in 2010, according to a news release. In that time, he toured the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band.

Alan's songs are steeped in history, storytelling, and melody. Solo albums, participation in the Linn Recordings of the complete works of Robert Burns, and the release of Alan and Rob's album on the life of Scots-born mariner John Paul Jones all highlight the breadth of style and content of a musician known for his arrangements on piano, guitar, and accordion.

Dutch born guitarist Rob van Sante has toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. A member of the Battlefield Band for 13 years, Rob served as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work. When Rob isn't on the road, he can be found at work in his studio recording and producing albums for local, national, and international musicians. Rob has appeared on many albums, displaying his virtuoso vocal ability both as a lead and harmony singer and showcasing his instrumental skills.

Alan Morley of UK Folk Music describes the songs on Alan and Rob's newest release, Rough Diamonds, as “...seeming to resonate with some distant memory of songs you heard and loved years ago. The simple approach and skillful presentation encourages the listener to relax and let the songs wash over them.” Tickets at the door are $15. Senior, student, and advance tickets: $12. Call 802-365-0222 for more information.

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