Scottish folk music concert and Scottish humor in Newfane


NEWFANE >> Alan Reid and Rob van Sante present a concert of modern and traditional Scottish folk music intertwined with anecdotes, humor and snatches of Scottish history at Moore Free Library in Newfane.

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. Alan's lyrical songs are steeped in history and strong storytelling and are rich in 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 and the well deserved reputation of this talented musician known for his arrangements on piano, guitar and accordion.

Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano, so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. He 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 is not on the road, he 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. All of these strands come together to make a perfect foil to Alan and his music.

The Moore Library concert promises to be the perfect blend of old and new. 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." Alan and Rob perform in the Gallery Room at Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane on Sunday, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. For senior, student or aAdvance $12. Call 802-365-0222 for more information.


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