Alan Reid in Concert, guest artist 2018 Auckland Folk Festival

We heard him here first on 21st January 2018. On his way to the Auckland Folk Festival Alan Reid from Scotland of Battlefield Battle claim, shared his wealth of experience with us in the beautiful Addington Haven.

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Nearly fifty years of performing since he started with the fledgling band in 1969 was evident as Alan crafted each instrument, guitar, keyboard, accordion and vocals as a superb technician, back up with an extensive knowledge of the music he shared. Opening the show for the night was Larry Kaplin traveling and enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery here on holiday.

A huge contrast to the weather his local area of New England were experiencing. Both artists were composers of their own material which highlighted their reflections on their life and the experiences that had touched them. Intermingled with traditional Scottish tunes from Alan confirming his heritage and love of folk genre.

A night that was offered not on behalf of the Folk Club however a real chance to see two artists in action, an opportunity too good to be missed.

By Judi Smitheram Secretary

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