Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante (11/4/2014)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

Blue Ball Barn

1914 West Park Drive (Alapocas Run State Park), Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $24.00 Advance Reserved/$27.00 at Door/Age 17 & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Cash or check accepted for payment.  E-mail concert ticket reservations to reservations@greenwillow.org or call 302-456-3242.

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan’s compositions, Battlefield Band favorites and songs from Rob. The show combines open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work from Rob, Alan’s keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing from both.

Alan Reid was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 until his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band,
winning awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. Throughout, 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 its stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today’s Celtic musicians.

Alan’s singing has long been respected by his peers, illustrated when he was invited to participate in the Linn Recordings series on the complete works of Robert Burns. Moreover his song writing has grown in stature ever since the 1980s when his songs first appeared in the band repertoire, lyrical songs steeped in history, strong in storytelling and rich in melody.

Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of both skill and subtlety. Working for the 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 until he left the band in 2010. 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 a variety of projects. All these strands come together to make a perfect foil to Alan and his music.
2012 has seen the release of the duo’s album on the life of Scots born mariner John Paul Jones, a long-term project for which Alan composed the music. The project was commissioned by the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and the duo also performed a musical drama based on the story with script written by Alan.

For more information, visit www.reidvansante.com