Mike Katz is a superb bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist who joined Battlefield Band in late 1997 and has contributed massively to the music and accessibility of the legendary group. Originally from LA, Mike started learning the pipes young, and learned and played in the same pipe band as another Battlefield Band alumni; Eric Rigler. He attended Edinburgh University aged 18 and has lived in Scotland ever since, playing in various bands and combinations, including Scottish Gas Pipe Band, and Ceolbeg, before joining Battlefield Band.
A hugely respected musician & composer, Mike plays Highland pipes, small pipes, various whistles, guitar and is also a fine bass player.
Alasdair White is an exceptional exponent of west coast Scottish music and is widely regarded as one of the foremost Scottish fiddler players of his generation. He was born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands of singular importance to Gaelic Scotland’s musical heritage and is perhaps best known as having been a member of Scotland’s seminal Battlefield Band for over 16 years, touring extensively in that time throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Now resident in New York, Alasdair has performed and recorded as a guest with many of the best-known names in Scottish, Irish and Breton traditional music including Kathleen MacInnis, Julie Fowlis, Eddie Reader, Allan MacDonald, Manus Lunny, Nuala Kennedy, and Arnaud Ciapolino. Current ongoing projects include Daimh, the Alan Kelly Gang and of course, Battlefield Band. Alasdair also recently premiered a major commission at the Hebridean Celtic festival in Stornoway, an hour-long original piece entitled An Iuchair.