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Legendary Scottish performers team up
REGION -- New England Celtic Arts will present Alan Reid and Rob van Sante at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, November 2 and at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on Thursday, November 3.
Curtain at Skye is 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Unity. Pre-show jam sessions at Skye and Unity start one hour prior to curtain.
Alan was a vital member of Battlefield Band from it's inception in 1969 till 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.
Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured it’s stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today's Celtic musicians.
His first solo album "The Sunlit Eye" featuring new songs and tunes was released in 1998 and was followed up with a song and tune book, "Martyrs, Rogues and Worthies" in 2001. Since then he has recorded two albums in his partnership with Rob van Sante, "Under The Blue” and "The Rise and Fall o' Charlie," both of which showcase many of his works.
In 2009, he was nominated at the Scottish Tradition Awards in the composer of the year category and in 2011 “Recollection” was released, an album of his own choice of songs from his long career with Battlefield Band. Alan, along with Rob, is currently putting the finishing touches to an album on the life of John Paul Jones, a project for which he has composed all the music.
Rob 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 1970's, 80's and 90's, he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
He has worked for Battlefield Band for 13 years as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work. He accompanied them on all their tours as their "fifth" member and when not on the road, Rob can be found at work in his recording studio in his adopted home town of Leeds, 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, 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.
Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Dr. off Winter Hill Road and Rt. 2 in South Carthage. UCCPA is at 42 Depot St. in Unity. Ticket price is $15 at the door. For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469. Reservations are strongly suggested at both venues.