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Who's Who in Scottish Folk Music: B

Who's Who in Scottish Folk Music
Battlefield Band, The
Long-established supergroup of the Scottish folk scene, the band were formed in 1969 by Brian McNeill and Alan Reid. The band has gone through many line-up changes and have recorded a vast number of albums. Some of their recorded output can be seen at their discography page.
Barnes, Jim & Sylvia
After an early stint with a group called Tinkler Maidgie, the Barneses were involved in a couple of major influential Scottish groups, namely The Battlefield Band and Kentigern. They later formed a trio with Andy Lavery called Scotch Measure and then performed as a duo. Jim Barnes sadly passed away in 2004.

Beaton, Alex
Glaswegian Alex Beaton was in the 1960s folksinging group The Cumberland Three with Brian Fogarty and Leonard Sturrock. He has since been performing solo around the world, particularly in the U.S.

Blo Na Gael
A group from Dundee, active in the 1990s. Shirley Potts (fiddle), Helen Forbes (tin whistle), Karen Valentine (guitar, mandolin), Lou Lewis (electric guitar). They were part of recording called Sounds Dundonian released by Dundee Libraries in 1993 (more information). Helen Forbes was also active in the Foundry Bar Band.
Bracken
A duo from Lewis (I think), Ian Macintosh and Morris Macleod who sang standard folk fare with some instrumental selections on guitar, banjo and mandolin. Cassette released on Lewis Recordings (RCS 207, no date).
Bridge Band, The
A group from Dundee, active in the 1990s. Brian McKay (banjo, mandolin, whistles, bodhran), Mike McKay (fiddle, mandolin, whistles, bodhran), Sandy Clarke (guitar), Gordon Drummond (guitar, mandolin). They were part of recording called Sounds Dundonian released by Dundee Libraries in 1993 (more information).
Brough, Magnus
Shetland fiddler. More details.

Barty, Alan
Celebrated Dundee mandolinist and fiddler, Alan was, in 1971, considered as a replacement fiddler in The JSD Band. Alan's first group was Barty's Bow, formed in Dundee in 1966, after which played in a number of Tayside groups, such as The Inn Folk, and appeared on television and radio, and toured with acts such as Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy. He recorded a solo LP: Barty's Bow (Kettle Records KOP4, 1980), and was rumoured to have moved to Germany and presented a folk radio programme.

Beggar's Mantle
Fife-based duo Bruce Davies and Bill McArthur performed from 1983 till 1999. See their discography.
Bitter Withy
Andy Ramage, Titch Frier and Lesley Hale. Met in a folk club in Edinburgh in the late 1960s. Recorded one album, "Sampler". Les Honeyman of Perth played for a while with them. They were defunct by 1972.
Blackeyed Biddy
Lionel McClelland and Kris Koren. Long-stayers in the folk field, Blackeyed Biddy have recorded a number of albums. See their discography for further details.
Bob Smith's Ideal Band
Glasgow collection of musicians who recorded extensively during the 1930s. See their discography.
Bog Cotton Reel Band, The
Formed in 1990 on the Isle of Coll. Julia Thompson (vocals), Mike Taylor (fiddle, acoustic guitar), Rodger Mann (keyboards), Ron Davies (drums, vocals), Patrick Rutherford (electric guitar, acoustic guitar), and Heather Price (saxophone). Released a cassette: End of the Road (Mull Recordings, 1991).
Bonnie Scots, The
Scottish ex-pats who recorded Scottish folk material in Canada. Discography.
Brown, James
Edinburgh melodeon-player who recorded during from 1911. Discography.
Buckled Wheels, The
A folk duo made up of Ewan Stark (fiddle) and Callum Wallace (guitar). At other times they are two-thirds of the popular Lomond Ceilidh Band with Alan Small.

Bully Wee Band Popular folk group who recorded from the mid 1970s till 1980. Discography.

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Last update: 20th July 2013

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