30th January – Alan Reid

Alan Reid, a folk world luminary, is the guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 30th January. Best known perhaps as a founder member of the legendary Battlefield Band, since 2010 Alan has carved out a successful solo career.
Born in Bridgeton, Alan moved to Kilmarnock when he was six and attended Kilmarnock Academy before meeting up with Brian McNeil at University and lo, Battlefield was created! It is Alan who is credited with having pioneered the use of keyboards in Scottish folk music. He was a member of Battlefield for 40 years.
Known as a master storyteller in song, his warm and gentle vocals and sympathetic playing of keyboards, guitar and accordion are always distinctive and imaginative. His skills as a composer of songs with a strong melody have added to Scottish folk music’s rich archive. Alan also teaches Scots Song and he is in much demand at Festivals around the globe.
With all his years of experience as an international musician, it’s little wonder that Alan has built up an extensive repertoire of music both contemporary and traditional.
To hear the talented and much respected Alan Reid, be in the audience at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 30th January. The Club meets at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. It starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.
Elsewhere, Celtic Connections is on until 3rd February at some 30 venues across Glasgow with hunners of musicians and umpteen new collaborations. Check out what’s on where at celticconnections.com