Battlefield Band

Long considered the flagship band of traditional Scottish music, Battlefield Band (named for a Glasgow suburb) began as mavericks in 1969, keeping the music vibrant by mixing ancient and modern elements. Decades later, through numerous personnel changes (making 2005 addition Sean O'Donnell the quartet's senior member), Battlefield Band retains its fervent splendor, igniting a fine array of jigs, reels, strathspeys with their fiery fiddles, Highland bagpipes, bouzoukis, and whistles. Room Enough for All, BB's latest, as usual deftly blurs the centuries. Ewen Henderson sings a 19th-century sailor's song in Gaelic, while O'Donnell, in English, sings a seemingly silly 1930s poem with a subtle contemporary point about eroding culture. There are odes to remote lochs, a reference to a hairy fish, and even an unlikely swirling quickstep — "Tynes in Overtime!" — in tribute to Scottish-born former New York Giants placekicker Lawrence Tynes. (Photo by John Slavin)
Fri., Sept. 6, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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