Alan Reid and Rob van Sante
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Alan Reid and Rob van Sante


Band Folk Acoustic


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The best kept secret in music


"Alan Reid and Rob van Sante at the Cuckoo's Nest"

Reid and van Sante are ex members of the hugely successful and long running (since 1969) Scottish folk group, The Battlefield Band.
Alan researches historical and contemporary events that catch his
interest with great depth and attention to detail. He then writes wonderful
story songs with such diverse topics as endangered species of Sea Eagles
to the loneliness of the life of The Last Lighthouse Keeper and a whole album’s worth of songs about John Paul Jones.'
Rob provides beautiful guitar backing (and forwarding!) on guitar which he jokingly referred to as his high strung wife. To continue this image, he stroked her with gentle passion eliciting sighing harmonies and driving rhythms as the mood warranted. He sings in an intrinsically British traditional style delivering songs with heartfelt sincerity. This came through strongly in one written by an ex-miner as a conversation between the miner and the Coal: “Men may win the battles but Coal always wins the war.” Besides original material and modern songs, they livened up well known traditional songs with a twist. - The Beat Magazine - London, Ontario


Under the Blue - Red Sand - RSCD001
The Rise and Fall 'O Charlie - Red Sands - RSCD002
The Adventures of John Paul Jones - Red Sands - RSCD003


Feeling a bit camera shy


Alan & Rob present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan'scompositions, Battlefield Band favourites and songs from Rob.
The show combines open tuned lead and accompniment guitar work from Rob, Alan's keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing from both.
Alan and Rob are available for concerts and festivals which can also include workshops on John Paul Jones, song writing and DAGAD tuned guitar.
For special occasion the musical drama on John Paul Jones with expanded cast is also possible.