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The Road of Tears

  • 1. Road of Tears, The
    2. Ely Parker/Miss Martin's Wedding/The Primrose Lassies/Mr. Galloway Goes
    3. Emigrant, The
    4. Highlander's Farewell to Ireland/Farewell to Ireland/Put Me in the Big, The
    5. Slave's Lament, The
    6. Moleskin Kilt/The Empty Glen, The
    7. Out in Australia at Last
    8. Patagonia Islanders/The Low Country Dance/Don Juan McKenna's Jig, The
    9. Haro Strait
    10. To a Mouse
    11. Take Me to the Sea
    12. Plane Wreck at Los Gatos
    13. Sweet Molly/The Symmetry/The Boat Leaks
    14. I Cried
    15. Mary's Dream/The Mountain Dairy Maid/The Nameless Migrant
    16. Five Bridges to Cross
    17. Green & The Blue, The - (live)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2098

  • Credits
    ProducerRobin Morton
    EngineerRobin Morton

    Personnel: Alan Reid (vocals, accordion, melodica, keyboards); Alasdair White (whistling, bouzouki, fiddle); Mike Katz (whistling, bouzouki, small pipes, bagpipe, bass guitar).
    Photographer: Simon Hollington.
    Just because the Battlefield Band has been going for over 30 years doesn't mean they've run out of things to say. On the basis of Road of Tears, they remain quite thought-provoking. If not exactly a concept album, it's certainly a thematic record, around the idea of emigration and populations on the move (for many reasons). That's a perennial topic, but one that retains its currency in this day and age. With a new singer/guitarist (Sean O'Donnell) but customarily fine playing, they tackle a wide range of material, from the original title cut to Robert Burns and even Woody Guthrie -- with, of course, a fair sprinkling of tunes and songs from the tradition. The playing is as stunning as ever, if lovingly understated, and there's a sense of passion and commitment in every performance here. It's almost as if they've found a new cause and new heart. Road of Tears is the best Battlefield Band disc in quite some time. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.55) - "Battlefield Band has decided to present us with a quietly, but stirringly political album..."
    Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.47) - "There are several uptempo pieces...mostly the mood is wistful and reflective....The Batties explore immigration's bittersweet side in various contexts."
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