Under the Blue - Reviews

THE SCOTS MAGAZINE - Alasdair Maclean

A dozen tracks exploring a wide variety of themes that are all worth listening too, a satisfying dish served by two top professionals

 

THE NEWS LEADER - Bill Kramer

Staunton, VA, USA "Rob van Sante's considerable musical gifts have been revealed on this project...
All kinds of subjects and settings are covered in this music.  Each is evoked with care and a deep love of the land and influences which inform them."

 

FOLKING.COM - Pete Fyfe


British on-line Folk Magazine "The songs are able to breathe without the excesses that could so easily havebeen employed...a well crafted, solid album."

 

THE SUNDAY HERALD - By Sue Wilson

This is the latest side-project by the Battlefield Band's longest-serving member. Alan Reid, his songwriting craft, his voice and words form a powerful mesh, finds him lining up with the bands sound engineer. Rob van Sante emerges from behind the desk to reveal himself as a fine singer and guitarist.

 

THE GREEN MAN REVIEW - Judith Gennett 

Under the Blue is well-conceived, performed, and produced and will provide a pleasant experience for listeners. Similar to numerous other albums, the arrangements are so competently done that they might not even be noticed. The album is not the musical powerhouse that some people expect from Scottish music, but the songs exert an influence in ways that are less flashy.

 

THE INVERNESS COURIER - Jim Love

Eight original songs from Reid maintain his fascination with Scotland's past, presenting what amount to stories in musical form, the sound is simpler and more laid-back than you would hear from the Battlefield Band."

 

THE FOLK MAG - John Denny

The CD doesn’t aim to roar through the ears and out again. It just quietly makes its’ point and leaves you thinking.

 

FOLK ROOTS - Bob Walton

Van Sante's warm vocals harmonizes well with Reid's. Long standing fans of Alan Reid's songs will find much to enjoy here.

 

THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE - Richard Foss

The two men work together flawlessly, and though Reid wrote most of the material and is the dominant voice, Van Sante makes important contributions throughout the disc.

 

DIRTY LINEN

As if he's not busy enough with Battlefield Band, Alan Reid has teamed up with the group's sound man, Rob van Sante, on a surprisingly strong duo recording called Under the Blue.

 

CHASING HATS - Jim Lee

As a Celtic music-lover, I couldn’t help but enjoy myself as I became better acquainted with every song...If you’re in the mood to sway to songs with a lively spirit, or to be lulled by the sweetness of the peaceful tunes, then sample some of the songs on Under the Blue."

 

THE IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE - Aidan O'Hara

One could spend a very pleasant evening indeed in the company of Alan and Rob, as they sing songs old and new, and set toes a-tappin' with dance tunes of their own making and others from the tradition.

 

 RAMBLES MAGAZINE - Chet Williamson

The instrumental work from both men and their guests is flawless throughout. Recommended to Celtic music fanciers everywhere.

 

SLIPCUE - Joe Sixpack

This is an elegant, evocative record, which will hold up well to years of repeated auditions. Recommended! 

 

 

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