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|Origin||County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Folk music, Celtic music|
|Associated acts||Boys of the Lough|
Robin Morton is an Irish folk musician who founded the folk band Boys of the Lough in 1967 along with Tommy Gunn and Cathal McConnell. Robin left the band 1979 after setting up a folk label called Temple Records.
Morton was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland and moved to Scotland to study a PhD (lapsed) at the University of Edinburgh. In 1980 he became manager of the Scottish folk group Battlefield Band and continues to manage and release material by the band to this day.
Morton set up Temple US Records in the 1980s, and the publishing company Kinmor Publishing which produces music, and publishes books and sheet music.
The folk music magazine The Living Tradition covered Robin Morton's life in their 66th issue, in an 11-page special published in 2006.
Scottish folk music is music that uses forms that are identified as part of the Scottish musical tradition. There is evidence that there was a flourishing culture of popular music in Scotland during the late Middle Ages, but the only song with a melody to survive from this period is the "Pleugh Song". After the Reformation, the secular popular tradition of music continued, despite attempts by the Kirk, particularly in the Lowlands, to suppress dancing and events like penny weddings. The first clear reference to the use of the Highland bagpipes mentions their use at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547. The Highlands in the early seventeenth century saw the development of piping families including the MacCrimmons, MacArthurs, MacGregors and the Mackays of Gairloch. There is also evidence of adoption of the fiddle in the Highlands. Well-known musicians included the fiddler Pattie Birnie and the piper Habbie Simpson. This tradition continued into the nineteenth century, with major figures such as the fiddlers Neil and his son Nathaniel Gow. There is evidence of ballads from this period. Some may date back to the late Medieval era and deal with events and people that can be traced back as far as the thirteenth century. They remained an oral tradition until they were collected as folk songs in the eighteenth century.
Battlefield Band are a Scottish traditional music group. Founded in Glasgow in 1969, they have released over 30 albums and undergone many changes of lineup. As of 2010, none of the original founders remain in the band.
The Boys of the Lough is a Scottish-Irish Celtic music band active since the 1970s.
Richard Peter Gaughan is a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter, particularly of folk and social protest songs. He is regarded as one of Scotland's leading singer-songwriters.
Temple Records is a record label founded in 1978 by Robin Morton, previously a member of The Boys of the Lough.
During the 1980s, Scottish music featured post-punk bands exemplified by Simple Minds and Josef K, and bands like Runrig that remained closer to the Scottish dance music tradition. Folk rock or Celtic rock bands launched in the 1980s included The Waterboys and The Proclaimers. Among the folk singers of the time were Dick Gaughan and Bill Drummond, and Ewan MacColl who died in 1989.
Aly Bain MBE is a Scottish fiddler who learned his instrument from the old-time master Tom Anderson. The former First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell called Bain a "Scottish icon."
Temple US Records is a record label founded in the late 1970s by Robin Morton. Morton, a former member of The Boys of the Lough, had already founded Temple in Temple. Midlothian; Temple US is based in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Michael John (Mick) Hoy, singer, fiddler, composer, and storyteller, was born in Monea in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. In his youth he was hired at the Derrygonnelly Fair by a farmer who played the fiddle. It was from this farmer that he learned to play the instrument. He played in the 1930s and 1940s with local Céilí bands, the Sillees and the Knockmore Céilí Band. He lived most of his life in Blaney and played mainly in Derrygonnelly. Mick came from a musical family but stood out as the main talent with his huge repertoire of tunes and songs.
Bellanaleck is a small village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It lies just south of Enniskillen on the main A509 (N3) road towards Cavan and Dublin. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 213. It is situated within Fermanagh and Omagh district.
Home Is Where the Van Is, an album by The Battlefield Band, was released in 1980 on the Temple Records label. The album, the band's U.S. debut, "continued the Scottish group's affinity for blending modern instrumentation into the country's folk tradition." Several songs from the album notably featured band member Ged Foley on the Northumbrian smallpipes.
Joe Corrie (1894–1968) was a Scottish miner, poet and playwright best known for his radical, working class plays.
The Boys of the Lough is a folk album by The Boys of the Lough, originally released in 1973 by Trailer, catalogue number LER 2086.
Colum Sands is an Irish singer songwriter who made his first performances and recordings with The Sands Family of County Down. Between his extensive solo appearances he continues to record and perform with his brothers Tommy and Ben and his sister Anne in the family band.
Alan Reid is a Scottish folk multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He was a founding member of Battlefield Band, which combined traditional Celtic melodies and new material.
Philo Records was founded in 1973 by half-brothers Michael Couture and Bill Schubart to record and distribute folk and traditional music. Over the course of its nine-year history, before its sale to Rounder Records in 1982, Philo produced roughly 100 albums of folk, traditional, and later, jazz, world, and new music from a converted barn-studio in North Ferrisburg, Vermont. Philo's allure to many established and emerging artists was its policy of giving them full control over their productions and repertoire.
Nuala Kennedy is an Irish composer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
Beg & Borrow is the thirty-second album by Battlefield Band and their twenty-fourth studio album, released on the Temple Records label as a digital download on 21 August 2015 and on CD in the UK on 18 September 2015 and in the United States on 16 October 2015.
Cathal McConnell is a musician and singer best known as the mainstay of traditional band The Boys of the Lough, of which he was a founder member.
Handful of Earth is the fifth solo studio album by Scottish folk musician and singer Dick Gaughan, released in 1981 by Topic Records. The album was Gaughan's first after spending several years largely avoiding playing music while regaining his health following a mental breakdown in 1979. Containing an array of traditional and contemporary folk songs performed on guitar with open tunings, Handful of Earth was by far Gaughan's most political to that point, and was inspired by the political turmoil in Scotland following the Conservative Party victory at the 1979 general election.