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.
When 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’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.