This collection is drawn from the first three albums recorded by the Battlefield Band for Topic Records in 1977, ’78 and ’79.

Tracks 1-3 come from The Battlefield Band (12TS313), 4-12 from At the Front (12TS381) and 13-17 from Stand Easy (12TS404).

The Battlefield Band were made up of core members Brian MacNeill and Alan Reid with Jamie McMenemy and John Gahagan. For the second album, John was replaced by Pat Kilbride and, for Stand Easy, Pat and Jamie had left, and the new members were Duncan MacGillivray and Jenny Clark. Since making these recordings the band has gone on to become one of the mainstays of the progressive folk music scene in Scotland.

1 Silver Spear / Humours of Tulla
2 The Shipyard Apprentice
3 The Cruel Brother
4 Ge Do Theid Mi Do M’Leabaidh
5 The Battle of Harlaw
6 Jenny Nettles / The Grays of Tongside
7 Tae The Beggin’
8 The Tamosher
9 The Blackbird & the Thrush / The Moray Club
10 Lang Johnnie Moir
11 The Brown Milkmaid / Dunnottar Castle / Maid of Glengarrysdale / Disused Railway
12 The Lady Leroy
13 Miss Drummond of Perth / Fiddler’s Joy / Traditional Reel / The Shetland Fiddler
14 My Last Farewell to Stirling / Cuidich’n Righ
15 I Hae Laid a Herrin’ in Salt / My Wife’s a Wanton Wee Thing / The Banks of the Allan
16 The Battle of Falkirk Muir
17 Joe McGann’s Fiddle / Center’s Bonnet

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