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The Music and the Land - The Concert' has just been released by Greentrax (CDTRAX392) and features recordings from the 2 book launch concerts at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (Oct. 2015) and The Fruitmarket, Glasgow (January 2016). See below for details of the book 'The Music and the Land - The music of Freeland Barbour'
The CD includes tracks by The Occasionals as a full band and in different combinations and tracks from the special guests Phil Cunningham, Martin Carthy, Ross Ainslie, Gary West, Jane Gardner, Simon Thoumire, Billy Kay, Janet Barbour, and Cailean Maclean. The CD captures the warmth and excitement of 2 special occasions and, in the words of author James Robertson, 'a book launch like no other.'

Freeland Barbour's book of collected music illustrated with some stunning photography, 'The Music and The Land', published by Birlinn, was launched with a sell-out concert and dance at The Queen's Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 10th October 2015. This event was repeated as the Glasgow launch of the book at Celtic Connections on Jan. 19th 2016 at The Old Fruitmarket. The full band (Freeland Barbour, Mairi Campbell, Kevin Macleod, Neil MacMillan, Gus Millar, Alison Smith) were joined by concert guests Martin Carthy, Phil Cunningham, Ross Ainslie and Billy Kay for what proved to be quite a special night. In addition to the book there is a 14-track sampler CD available FREE with each copy of the book purchased, and a separate piping book, 'The Music and The Land - The Piping Section', available as well, with 65 tunes from the main collection set for the highland bagpipes. (Purchase from


Dec. 16th 2016 - The Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline.. Recording for BBC Radio Scotland's 'Take The Floor' Hogmanay programme. Tickets are free and can be obtained from us or from The BBC in Aberdeen.

March 2nd 2017 - Crieff Accordion and Fiddle Club.

April 12th 2017 - Alnwick Accordion and Fiddle Club.

May 21st. 2017 - Annan Accordion and Fiddle Club.

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Welcome to the Occasionals website. Here you can find out about the band members, purchase albums and books online via PayPal, browse the image gallery, view the band in action on film and listen to samples of their music. For information on bookings for weddings, ceilidhs and private functions you can get in touch with The Occasionals via this website.

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