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The Battlefield Band


The Battlefield Music group has shown to be among the longest running institutions of Scottish music. At their inception in 1969, these were perhaps one of the most ambitious young groupings around, blending traditional music with some rock and roll and pop, and also in enough time since, they’ve continued to be somewhat up to date with trends, but not just as much as those who’ve implemented within their footsteps and occasionally overtaken them. But that’s great, they have an appropriate niche along with a devoted following. Through the ’70s, Scots music was quite definitely a live matter, limited to the folk night clubs, with very little considered the recording studio room. As well as the Battlefield Music group, under the command of Brian McNeill, spent a lot of the 10 years finding their ft — certainly, McNeill was developing by leaps and bounds like a songwriter, which discovered its first bloom on “The Lads O’ the Good” on 1980’s House can be Where the Vehicle can be, where subtle electrical arrangements met a normal sound. They adopted that up with a straight stronger disc, There is a Buzz, and in 1984, Anthem for the normal Guy, where some employees changes earned vocalist Alistair Russell and noticed a more politics tone creep in to the lyrics — a a reaction to Margaret Thatcher. Even more lineup changes adopted, rendering it hard for the music group to obtain a understand on who these were as well as for the second option half of the ’80s, they appeared to be adrift as can be evident through the enjoyable but unspectacular live disc House Ground, released in 1989, and the issue became a lot more acute following a departure of McNeill in 1990 for an acclaimed single career. Nevertheless, his alternative, virtuoso fiddler and vocalist John McCusker brought a fresh energy towards the music group. However, it took many years for a fresh identity to say itself, until 1997’s outstanding Across the Edges, which discovered them once more at the elevation of their forces. There is still the essential Battlefield Music group audio, but on albums like Rainfall, Hail or Glow they sounded assured and actually pleased to become playing again. Which has continuing over several even more albums into 2001’s Content Daze, in which a slimmed-down lineup still satisfies, even though there aren’t fireworks whenever they grab their tools. 2002’s Period and Tide cut back vocalist Pat Kilbride to the blend, following a 20-yr abscence, who after that remained on for Out for the night time in 2004.

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Music Songs Shepherd Lad, The Yew Tree, The Battle of Falkirk Muir, The Devil's Courtship / An Dro, Medium Man / Floating Candles / Nighean Cailleach Nan Cearc, Tramps and Hawkers, Road of Tears, Whaur Will We Gang? / March of The Ceili Man, The Beaches of St Valery, The Dear Green Place, Lads O' The Fair, The Shipyard Apprentice, Mo Ghleannan Taobh Loch Liobhainn, The Lady Leroy, The Tamosher, The Arran Convict, The Cruel Brother, The Green and the Blue, Silver Spear / The Humours Of Tulla, Bonny Barbry-O, The Last Trip Home / The Luckenbooth, To a Mouse, The Boar and the Fox, Heave Ya Ho, Song for Selangor / Covering Ground, Tynes in Overtime!, Miss Kate Rusby, Start It All Over Again, The Concert Reel / The Green Mountain, Lang Johnnie Moir, The Last Trip Home, Leaving Friday Harbor
Albums Beg & Borrow, Home Is Where the Van Is, Happy Daze, Leaving Friday Harbor, Out for the Night, Quiet Days, The Road of Tears, Room Enough For All, Stand Easy, Celtic Hotel, Rain, Hail or Shine, Dookin', The Producer's Choice, Anthem for the Common Man, There's a Buzz, Zama Zama: Try Your Luck, Across the Borders, New Spring, Battlefield Band, Live Celtic Folk Music, Farewell to Nova Scotia, Line-up, Time and Tide, Wae's me for Prince Charlie, Home Ground: Live From Scotland, Threads, On the Rise, Opening Moves, After Hours: Forward to Scotland's Past, At the Front, The Best of Battlefield Band: 1977-2001 / Temple Records: A 25 Year Legacy
Nominations Independent Music Award for Best Song - World Traditional

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1 Lived together in a pink-colored house called "Big Pink", with the basement used as rehearsal space; their first album was titled "Music From Big Pink". Bob Dylan's jam sessions at the house were recorded, bootlegged, then later released officially as "The Basement Tapes".
2 Grew out of Bob Dylan's 1960s backing band. They adopted their name while Dylan was out of action, recovering from a motorcycle accident.
3 Members have included Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Bobby Keys, Sandy Konikoff, Don Preston, Jim Gordon, Bobby Torres, Jim Horn, Chuck Blackwell, Jim Price, Jim Keltner, Carl Radle.



The '60s 1999 TV Movie performer: "The Weight"
Sports Night 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Patch Adams 1998 performer: "The Weight"
Prefontaine 1997 performer: "I Shall Be Released"
Larger Than Life 1996 performer: "Life Is a Carnival"
The War 1994 performer: "Up On Cripple Creek"
Little Big League 1994 performer: "STUFF YOU GOTTA WATCH"
Jack the Bear 1993 performer: "I Shall Be Released"
The Indian Runner 1991 performer: "I SHALL BE RELEASED"
Woodstock: The Lost Performances 1990 Video documentary performer: "The Weight"
Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 Documentary performer: "The Weight"
Baywatch 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
New York Stories 1989 performer: "Like A Rolling Stone"
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 1987 TV Movie documentary performer: "I SHALL BE RELEASED"
Firstborn 1984 performer: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
The Big Chill 1983 performer: "The Weight"
Star 80 1983 performer: "Up On Cripple Creek"
The Last Waltz 1978 Documentary performer: "Who Do You Love", "Such A Night", "Helpless", "The Weight", "Dry Your Eyes", "Coyote", "Mystery Train", "Mannish Boy", "Further On Up The Road", "Evangeline", "Caravan", "Forever Young", "Baby Let Me Follow You Down", "I Shall Be Released", "Don't Do It", "Theme from The Last Waltz", "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Shape I'm In", "It Makes No Difference", "Stagefright", "Old Time Religion", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Genetic Method/Chest Fever", "Ophelia"
The Shadow of Chikara 1977 performer: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Double Header 1974 performer: "Mystery Train" - uncredited
Oceans 1971 Documentary performer: "I Shall Be Released" - uncredited
Easy Rider 1969 performer: "The Weight"
The Nice Guys 2016 performer: "AIN'T GOT NO HOME"
The Last Man on Earth 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Good Girls Revolt 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supernatural 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hell on Wheels 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
And So It Goes 2014 performer: "Up On Cripple Creek"
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 performer: "The Weight"
Deuce and a Quarter 2012 Short performer: "I Got You Babe"
This Is 40 2012 performer: "The Weight"
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet 2012 Documentary performer: "Further On Up the Road"
The Dilemma 2011 performer: "BABY DON'T YOU DO IT"
The Good Guys 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everything Must Go 2010 performer: "I Shall Be Released"
Extraordinary Measures 2010 performer: "The Weight"
Howl 2010 performer: "This Wheel's on Fire"
Leaves of Grass 2009 performer: "Shall Be Released"
Taking Woodstock 2009 performer: "I Shall Be Released"
Observe and Report 2009 performer: "When I Paint My Masterpiece"
The Messenger 2009/I performer: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" 1969
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos 2008 Documentary performer: "Mannish Boy"
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 2008 Documentary performer: "All Along the Watchtower"
Upp till kamp 2007 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
1408 2007 performer: "The Weight"
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Unknown Woman 2006 performer: "Giorgia On My Mind"
The Departed 2006 performer: "Comfortably Numb" 1979
Wanderlust 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Weight"
My Name Is Earl 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wendell Baker Story 2005 performer: "When I Paint My Masterpiece"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary performer: "Life Is a Carnival"
A Home at the End of the World 2004 performer: "Look Out Cleveland"
Starsky & Hutch 2004 performer: "The Weight"
One Tree Hill 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Festival Express 2003 Documentary performer: "Slippin' & Slidin'", "The Weight", "I Shall Be Released"
Breakfast with Hunter 2003 Documentary performer: "The Weight"
Skeppsholmen 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Boys of 2nd Street Park 2003 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Weight"
Comedian 2002 Documentary performer: "When I Paint My Masterpiece"
Ed 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lone Gunmen 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Girl, Interrupted 1999 performer: "The Weight"
Roswell 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Down in the Flood: Bob Dylan, the Band & the Basement Tapes 2012 Video documentary
Bite Me: The Movie 2011 Himself (as The Band)
Garlic: 'A Weird Wood Soul' 2003 Video short Themselves
Festival Express 2003 Documentary Themselves
Robbie Robertson: Going Home 1995 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration 1993 TV Special documentary Themselves
The Wall: Live in Berlin 1990 TV Movie documentary
The Last Waltz 1978 Documentary Themselves

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Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song 2001 TV Series documentary Themselves
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Themselves

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