Alan and Rob are back from the Battlefield with a new CD

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FORMER Battlefield Band members Alan Reid and Rob van Sante makes their Eastgate Theatre debuts on Saturday, February 12.

The forthcoming concert is part of their first UK tour since leaving the band after more than 40 years.

It also coincides with the release of a CD containing songs of Alan’s choice covering the Battlefield years, taking a look back at his career and songwriting.

His songs are noted for their story-telling element, lyricism and strong melody, and he is currently working on an album with Rob on the life of Scots born-sailor John Paul Jones.

Born in the Netherlands, Rob is described as a guitarist of “exceptional skill and subtlety”, and began playing at an early age.

As his interest in music developed, he became influenced by the best in folk, rock, R & B and blues.

He also worked with stalwarts from the British folk and jazz scenes such as Danny Thomson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McKonville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordon Tyrrall and Tim Wood.

Away from music – he also owns his own recording studio in Leeds – Rob is an expert on computers, a qualified mechanic and once sailed a yacht solo from Norway to Holland.

The pair have occasionally toured together during the last eight years, but now, having left the Battlefield Band, intend to tour regularly.

Speaking about his Battlefield Band years, Alan said: “Our biggest ever audience was when we played to 250,000 at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in 1981 when the Pope came to visit.

“Then in 2007, we played at Beijing University and I was taken aback when some of the students sang along with one of the choruses which I’d recited, more in hope than expectation.

“I have also been lucky enough to travel all over the world and to have performed in all but five of the states of the USA. But this will be my first time playing in Peebles!”

The concert begins at 7.30pm with tickets (£13) available from 01721 725777.