Friday 6th October 2023
Doors: 7:00pm
The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tickets: £7.00

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Long-time members of Scotland’s seminal Battlefield Band, Mike Katz, Alasdair White, and Sean O’Donnell have played together for nearly two decades. They have toured extensively, recorded nine albums and, explored some of the more obscure, exciting and challenging corners of traditional repertoire.

Originally from Los Angeles, Mike Katz is a superb bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist who has lived in Scotland ever since attending Edinburgh University at age 18. Mike played in various bands and combinations, including Scottish Gas Pipe Band, and Ceolbeg, before joining Battlefield Band. In recent years he has played as a guest with the great Breton institution, Bagad Kemper, with Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté’s EDM project, The Frog Collective, and currently with Old Blind Dogs. His playing and interpretation of pipe music continues to be greatly influential in the Scottish tradition at large.

Alasdair White is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Scottish fiddle music touring, teaching and performing today on both sides of the Atlantic. His deep rooted yet wide-ranging musicality reflects his Isle of Lewis birthplace, current New York City home, and 20 years globe-trotting with some of the best known names in Scottish, Irish, and Breton music

Sean O'Donnell is a highly accomplished guitarist and singer. He was born and brought up in Derry, Ireland and soon after moving to Scotland in 1996 became a mainstay of the Scottish music scene. Sean joined Battlefield Band in 2005 and was a keystone of the group's sound thereafter: his soulful vocals and driving rhythmic guitar adding so much to the mix. “O'Donnell is a revelation; from his heartfelt & moving vocals when taking the lead, and his subtly complimentary harmonies when supporting a song, he is a truly expressive singer…” He now resides back home in Derry.

“Few bands have received enthusiastic receptions in places as far apart as Anchorage and Beijing, or have required a police escort through the mountains of Uzbekistan.”                                                                       


Getting Here

The Vault Arts Centre
40 Victoria Street
Newton Stewart

Fabulous new arts centre facility in the heart of Newton Stewart offering workshops, masterclasses, 1-to-1 tuition, live music & dance, arts & crafts exhibitions and sales, music sales, ticket sales and the offices for Trad Music Trust and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

Trad Music Trust

The 10th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival takes place over the 12th-14th July 2024. It's an incredible achievement. The charity has created a viable, sustainable, event that continues to grow and develop, proudly celebrating the very best in traditional Scottish, Irish and World music. Make sure you book early for what is shaping up to be the biggest event yet!

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