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Chris Parkinson & Alistair Russell

Chris Parkinson & Alistair Russell


Alistair Russell (guitar, vocals) comes from  North-East England, of Scottish parentage. He has been singing and playing
Scottish and Irish music, and his own songs, for over 40 years, chiefly as a member of Scotland’s legendary Battlefield
Band from 1984 to 1997. He has 15 albums and 2 video releases to his name, and currently performs solo and with Chris,
besides being active as a recording engineer/producer and tour manager. He has also issued a Celtic Guitar tuition DVD
along with Chris.
Chris Parkinson (melodeon, piano accordion, harmonica, keyboards) comes from Lancashire, with family roots in the west
of Ireland. A session player on over 20 albums from various artists, as well as 2 solo albums and 8 CD releases with
The House Band ( a pan-celtic outfit which originated in Scotland some 25 years ago). He also has 2 accordion tutor
DVDs to his name. In recent years he has spent his time between his duo with Alistair, studio sessions for the
 Billy Connolly TV shows, and sideman duties with Steve Phillips, Richard Grainger, Flossie Malavialle,
Norma Waterson/Martin Carthy (phew!).
Their programme is very varied in style and content, but very much based on the Celtic music which forms the roots of
both musicians. Both players had realised some time ago that lots of excellent material had passed out of currency
through overuse. But a whole new generation of young celtic music fans was eager to hear what were, for them, new songs
and tunes. Both Battlefield Band and the House Band did their bit in the 1990’s, so that “old chestnuts” could be given
new life – the folk process, in a nutshell. In addition, the songs from the “A19” album contain many newer compositions
by well-known writers and by Alistair himself. Chris’s wide musical taste as heard on his solo recordings, and his own
compositions, are also represented.

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