Illawarra Folk Club
BATTLEFIELD BAND in Concert
7.30pm Friday 22 November 2013
plus Strung Secrets and mystery performer
Members $25 | Non-Members $30 |Youth (12-16) $5 | Child (U12) free
CITY DIGGERS WOLLONGONG BUY TICKETS ONLINE or call 1300 887 034
THE ‘BATTIES’ ARE BACK
Scotland’s most famous Celtic music band, the iconic BATTLEFIELD BAND, will make a one off visit to the Illawarra when they play at City Diggers Wollongong on Friday 22nd November.
Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today's Scottish cultural scene, which indeed they have done much to create and fuel, they have led and been at the forefront of a great revival in Scottish music. Refusing to be limited musically by suffocating antiquarianism, or musical fashions, they have mixed the old songs and music with a new self-penned repertoire, all played on a fusion of ancient and modern instruments - bagpipes, fiddle, synthesiser, guitar,flutes, bodhran and accordion.
Named after the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four student friends in 1969, they have now been on the world's roads for over 40 years, distilling their own unique form of the Scottish spirit and bottling it in concert and onto disc. They've performed in Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Syria, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, U.S.A., Canada, Uzbekistan, China and the U.K; breaking down barriers and pioneering many new directions which others have followed. Angry, joyful, raucous, contemplative, their music is most importantly - accessible to all.
During the years there have obviously been line-up changes and indeed the band are remarkable for the smooth and organic way in which these changes have taken place. Their continued creativity, freshness and enthusiasm is due to the positive way they have viewed, and used, these changes - and of course the new musicians themselves have been of prime importance. Musical evidence of these changes can be heard on their many albums made over the years.
Emerging from the back streets of Bulli, this acoustic quartet has been making a name for themselves for their harmony rich interpretations of 90s pop tunes and traditionals, as well as a growing list of original material. Preparing you for a post oil musical world where a band can play without a laptop, these purveyors of post-apocalyptic acoustic music are ready to convince you that wood is good and harmony is better.
Presented by the Illawarra Folk Club the action kicks off in the Owen Room at 7.30pm, the club restaurant is open and tickets are $25 club members, $30 others. Purchase tickets On line at www.illawarrafolkclub.org.au or ring 1300 887034