12 Tracks: Rough Diamonds * Passing Places * Barrels Of Gold * Albert Berry * Carradale * Mad Maggie Murchieson * Roslin Castle * Last Trip Home * The Ocadian * Farewell To The Gold * My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose * The Rout Of The Blues.

An exciting fourth album release from folk duo Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante.

The album is dedicated to all those ordinary, down to earth (Rough Diamonds), past and present who endanger their lives on a daily basis.

The title track 'Rough Diamonds' takes a look back at the once thriving Lothian Coal Industry.

Alan was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010.

In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield.

Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan's contribution to the band's story has ensured it's stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today's Celtic musicians.

Dutch born Rob is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. During the 1970's, 80's and 90's he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

He has worked with such stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordon Tyrrall, Tim Wood, Patsy Matheson and many more.

Rob has worked for Battlefield Band for 13 years as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work.

Alan Reid (vocals, piano, accordion, guitar, bass), Rob Van Sante (vocals, guitar, percussion, ukelele, drums, bass, keyboard), John Martin (octave fiddle, cello), Stewart Forbes(tenor sax).

"For listeners who love their folk music to be easy listening, traditionally based with imaginative 'story telling' lyrics and strong melodies – Rough Diamonds is an essential purchase." Alan Morley, UK Folk Music.

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