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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


Nov. 11th 2017 - Victoria Park Hotel, Ferry Road, Edinburgh (Public dance - Crohn's + Colitis

Nov. 25th 2017 - Fletcher Hall, East Saltoun, East Lothian (Church fund-raising ceilidh).

Dec. 2nd 2017 - Kirkliston Bowling Club - Public ceilidh. Contact us for ticket details.

Dec. 31st 2017 - West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh (The Edinburgh Hogmanay
With special guest Mike Whellans on drums.

Jan. 6th 2018 - The Grange Club, Edinburgh (Public dance).

Jan. 20th 2018 - Late night dance (10.30-1.00), The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Celtic
Connections). The Occasionals (Freeland Barbour, Alison Smith, Gu
Millar, Kevin Macleod, Neil MacMillan) and special guests Dunca
Macgillivray and Angie MacEachern
Tickets from Celtic Connections Box Office.

March 4th 2018 - Gretna Accordion and Fiddle Club.

April 2nd 2018 - Edinburgh International Harp Festival Ceilidh, Merchiston Castle School,
June 23rd 2018 - Smailholm Village Hall, Roxburghshire.

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