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The Mauch Chunk Opera House will host one of Scotland’s finest bands, the Battlefield Band, on Saturday, October 6.

Earning the title of Scotland’ s Best Folk Band of 2011, many critics praise the current edition of the Battlefield as its finest yet, though it has been performing since the early 1970’s.

Battlefield Band at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseWhen you experience them in performance live, you can easily see why. They  pioneered the integration of bagpipes with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and voice, and mix the old songs and tunes with new self-penned material, playing them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments. It’s not about rock, it’s about true Celtic music.

Many think that Celtic music has largely been overtaken by pop elements, superseding the tradition implicit in this music. Not so with the Battlefield Band.

Billboard Magazine says, ” What the internationally renowned Irish band, the Chieftains, have done for traditional Irish music, Battlefield Band are doing for the music of Scotland.” They have been performing on the international scene for four decades, playing to audiences in Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East & Canada, as well as more than 60 cities annually in the United States, inspired by their heritage of Celtic music and inspired by the strength of the modern Scottish cultural scene.

The Battlefield Band were winners of “Best Live Act” at the inaugural Scots Traditional Music Awards in 2003. They were winners of Scotland’s “Best Band” in 2011.

Battlefield Band at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseBattlefield Band’s “Compliments to Buddy McMaster” was nominated for the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for World Traditional Song of the year. They have also been nominated for the 11th Independent Music Awards “World Traditional Song” category for their recording of “A Bhriogais Uallach” (The Pompous Trousers), a track from their recent “Line-up” album, released in 2011.

Over the years, new members have brought with them new ideas, new music, new instruments, attitudes and influences, leading to continued creativity, freshness and enthusiasm. After 40 years they still lead the way for Scottish music, always involving their ever-widening audience as they travel the world.

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Editors note: 2-for-1 tickets all weekend long, including these performances, for Carbon County residents! If you’d like to experience something new, check out a show at the Opera House!

Girls with Guitars comprises three of rock’s hottest young female guitar slingers on  stage on October 14. A trio of dynamic blues talents, Dani Wilde, Cassie Taylor and Samantha Fish have diverse backgrounds.

Girls with Guitars at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

Girls with Guitars from Blues Caravan

Wilde comes from Brighton, England and sings the blues with the old-school fervor of Aretha Franklin, but also takes a cue from contemporaries like Duffy and Joss Stone. She has shared stages with luminaries like Robben Ford, Candye Kane and Koko Taylor.

A mere 21 years old, Samantha Fish is already a hot property on the live music scene in and around her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Her high-heeled, rock-edged performances have won her a loyal local following and carried her to venues like Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago, where she opened eyes during the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival.

Girls with Guitars at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

Girls with Guitars Onstage

Multi-instrumentalist Cassie Taylor has appeared on eight critically-acclaimed albums by her father, Otis Taylor, and accompanied him on tours all over the world. She was also a featured vocalist on Gary Moore’s 2008 release Bad For You Baby.

This trio of young, passionate performers is backed by a top-flight band of road-tested professionals ready to deliver hours of live blues excellence.

Celtic tradition takes over on Saturday, October 15 in the form of the Battlefield Band, from Scotland. Many think that Celtic music has largely been overtaken by pop elements, superseding the tradition implicit in this music. Not so with the Battlefield Band.

Check the Battlefield Band out here.

They  pioneered the integration of bagpipes with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and voice, and mix the old songs and tunes with new self-penned material, playing them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments. It’s not about rock, it’s about Celtic music.

Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band

Billboard Magazine says, “What the internationally renowned Irish Band, The Chieftains, has done for Irish music, the Battlefield Band is doing for the music of Scotland.”

Under their banner ‘Forward with Scotland’s Past’, the Battlefield Band has been performing on the international scene for four decades, inspired by their heritage of Celtic music and the strength of the modern Scottish cultural scene.

Tickets for both shows can be purchased online at http://www.MauchChunkOperaHouse.com or by calling the box office at 570-325-0249.

They are also available at SoundCheck Records, just 2 blocks down the street from the Opera House. Call them at 570-325-4009.

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The Mauch Chunk Opera House will host one of Scotland’s finest bands, the Battlefield Band, on Saturday, October 15.

Many think that Celtic music has largely been overtaken by pop elements, superseding the tradition implicit in this music. Not so with the Battlefield Band.

Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band

Have a listen. They  pioneered the integration of bagpipes with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and voice, and mix the old songs and tunes with new self-penned material, playing them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments. It’s not about rock, it’s about Celtic music.

Billboard Magazine says, “What the internationally renowned Irish Band, The Chieftains, has done for Irish music, the Battlefield Band is doing for the music of Scotland.”

Under their banner ‘Forward with Scotland’s Past’, the Battlefield Band has been performing on the international scene for four decades, inspired by their heritage of Celtic music and inspired by the strength of the modern Scottish cultural scene.

Battlefield BandOver the years new members have brought with them new ideas, new music, new instruments, attitudes and influences, leading to continued creativity, freshness and enthusiasm.

After 40 years they still lead the way for Scottish music, always involving an ever-widening audience as they travel the world.

Read Full Post »