The Battlefield Band
The Battlefield Band also plays traditional and traditional-style dances and songs in Gaelic and English, never devolving into tedious recitations of who learned what from whom. The liner notes for Room Enough for All, presumably a fair indication of how the music is presented live, give a feel for why tunes are grouped together, how they express the contents suggested by their titles, how they fit into a traditional web of storytelling and song. Some of the music is old, some of it is new, but reasons are given for all of it beyond its simply being "traditional."
New members have kept the Battlefield Band fresh, and there's nothing of musty tradition in their music. I've never heard them in person, but I'm not going to miss the chance coming up at the Ark on September 18.
[Originally published in September, 2013.]