Best Bets: Scotland's Battlefield Band plays at Conway Muse

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 30, 2014 

Battlefield Band, Conway Muse

The Battlefield Band brings its fusion of ancient and modern traditional Scottish music and song to the Conway Muse, 18444 Main St. in Conway, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014.

ROBIN MORTON — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

A bedrock of talent for over four decades, the Battlefield Band continues to lead the way for Scotland with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. The ensemble returns to the area in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Conway Muse, 18444 Main St. in Conway.

Their new album, "Room Enough for All," finds them fresh and invigorated, and illustrates yet again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today.

The band just received news that their opening track, "Bagpipe Music," has been nominated for the Independent Music Awards.

Opening is Purit Na Gael, musical members of Skagit County's Celtic Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $29.

More on the band at BattlefieldBand.co.uk.

The Muse is the big white barn at the west end of Main Street in Conway, adjacent to exit 221 on I-5. All ages, free parking, doors open at 5 p.m., showtime 7:30 p.m. Dinner is available for purchase.

Details: 360-445-3000, conwaymuse.com.

AALLOTAR PERFORMS AT NANCY'S FARM

Aallotar, a freshly minted trans-Atlantic collaboration between violinist Sara Pajunen (Minnesota) and accordionist Teija Niku (Finland), performs at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Nancy's Farm, Bellingham, 2030 E. Smith Road.

One hundred years ago, their ancestors lived within miles of each other in the western regions of Finland: the ensemble is founded on the common musical ground the women share, but also revels in the cultural differences formed when a lineage is separated by an ocean and the passage of time.

Suggested donation is $15.

"RIDING THE RAILS" OPENS AT MINDPORT

"Riding the Rails," a joint show of photos by Kevin Jones and a select group of model trains owned and collected by Bill Lee, the exhibit manage at Mindport, opens April 2 at the gallery, 210 W. Holly St.

Bill's extensive collection of model trains represents rail lines from across Europe and the United States.

He has been passenger on most of these lines himself. Kevin's photos evoke memories of the railroads history and tracks crossing many landscapes.

Admission to Mindport is $2.

Details: 360-647-5614, mindport.org.

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