The following are artists alphabetically by “R.” We are slowly adding our over 200 alumni to this page. Below are several of the artists that have performed at one of our venues and come back from time to time.
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Members of “Battlefield Band” Scots Trad Award Nominee, Scotsman, Alan Reid & Dutch born, Rob van Sante form this powerful duo! Along with his use of keyboards, bagpipes and fiddles, Alan’s singing has long been respected by his peers. Moreover his song writing has grown in stature ever since the 1980s when his songs first appeared in the band repertoire, lyrical songs steeped in history, strong in storytelling and rich in melody. Rob is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. During the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has worked with such stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordon Tyrrall, Tim Wood, Patsy Matheson and many more.
Sam Robbins describes himself as an “old soul singer songwriter.” A Nashville based musician whose music evokes classic singer songwriters like James Taylor and John Denver, Sam Robbins has gained recognition as the first artist to perform a Jim Croce song on NBC’s The Voice – bringing a classic 1970’s sound to today. A multi-instrumentalist from a young age, Sam began learning drums and piano, falling in love with guitar at age 13. He then started writing original music, recording his first EP during his sophomore year of high school, while playing open mics in his hometown of Portsmouth, NH. Since moving to Nashville in September 2019 following his graduation from Berklee College of Music, Sam has made a splash in music city – performing at the Bluebird Cafe within a month of moving, and sitting in again at the legendary venue with Liz Longley. Sam was the audience winner of the “Nashville Rising Song” qualifier event, and has been writing, playing and recording full time while making headway through Nashville.
Sam Robbins On Heartland Connections
Composer & harpist, Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. A five-time National Mod Gold Medalist and a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist, Ailie also won first prize at the inaugural London Harp Competition, was judged best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival and won the St Albans New Roots award. Her debut solo album ‘First things first’ won the ‘Live Ireland’ award for ‘Best Instrumental Cut of the Year’. She has performed and taught all over the world, released 3 solo CDs and published 7 volumes of harp sheet music.
Alec Ryan writes songs of love and lack thereof. As a pop singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ryan’s music reflects on life’s struggles, ranging from love to the unending pursuit of a meaningful existence. His stories, handwritten in half-size notebooks and brought to life by his piano, create a hopeful, honest brand of piano-pop. His latest album has been called, “A breath of fresh air to listeners who may seek an alternative to the over-produced sound of current pop music, giving them an intimate journey through both life’s danceable moments and introspective soul-seeking.