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July 2014

12 July 2014: Highlander are playing the Atrox Beach  Party as part of the Atrox MC 25th anniversary celebrations.

Atrox 25
                          Anniversary


August 2013

24 August 2013: Highlander are playing the Baltic Open Air Festival.

BOA


December 2012

Gig date 18 May 2013: Highlander will be playing live at the MC Puls 25 year anniversary event.

MCPuls 


October 2012


06 October. Benefit Concert in Rendsburg for "Die Tafeln"
Benefit Concert
                          Rendsburg

June 2012

16 June. Gig in Ascheffel.

May 2012

13 May. The next gig is coming soon. The band will be playing in Ascheffel on Saturday 16 June.

Gig Aschaffel


April 2012

01 April. Well it's been a while since the last update. Unfortunately the 6 piece Highlander disintegrated at the end of last year. However out of the ashes has sprung a new, although familiar Highlander. After a break of 5 years Allan and Peter have got back together and with new drummer J.P. Thunder reanimated the old power trio version of Highlander. They played their first gig at Rendsburg's "Pub 'n' Roll".

pub 'n' roll


The set of Highlander songs from the old albums was very well received and the guys are looking forward to more of the same.

Set List
Set List


People who liked
"inneal siubhal tėme" can also look forward to future gigs which will feature reworked versions of songs from the album

Watch this space and the Highlander
facebook page to see how the story unfolds in the months to come.



Band 2012

Highlander are

In 1985 scottish guitarist Allan Murdoch (founding member of MESSAGE) visited friends in the USA (ex NEKTAR musicians Alan "Taff" Freeman and Ron Howden). Along with singer/bassist Drew Ross they had a band called OVERSEAS. They asked Allan to join which resulted in a short club tour in New Jersey and neighbouring states in the autumn of the same year. Allan then returned home to plan a longer tour for the band in Europe.

Meanwhile Taff and Ron had decided to stay in the States, so Allan and Drew carried on as a trio with drummer Colin Jamieson who, like themselves, just happened to be Scottish. The name of the band was changed to THE OVERSEAS PROJECT, reflecting the fact that the three band members were living in different parts of the world; the US, Scotland and Germany.

A club tour in 1986 gave the band their first exposure to a European audience and gained them widespread recognition. On the road the band recorded a few of their songs in different studios which were used for a Maxi-Single released in 1987. To promote the single they undertook a short German/Swiss tour, which was so successful that the band played another tour in 1988 covering Germany, Belgum, Austria and Switzerland and released the LP "Highlander" later that year.

After Drew Ross returned to the States, Martin Griffiths (founder member of BEGGARS OPERA and an old friend of Allan's) joined the band on vocals and newcomer Peter Campbell took over on bass. However Martin had to leave the band suddenly shortly before a tour and as there was no time to work in a new vocalist Peter took over as lead singer. About this time the band's name was changed to HIGHLANDER

In this formation the band released 9 albums between 1991 and 2000 (including a reworking of the first OVERSEAS PROJECT album and a "Best of" album).

When Allan relocated his recording studio to the north of Germany he was followed by Peter but unfortunately Colin could not make the move.

However HIGHLANDER continued performing live with various line-ups and re-released their album Scotia in 2005. The last live performance was in 2007 after which HIGHLANDER was disbanded

Following a visit to the Wacken Open Air festival in 2009 Allan was motivated to reforming HIGHLANDER and in 2010 as a 6 piece band recorded the album "inneal siubhal tėme" (released May 2011).

The album was recorded in 2010 and released in May 2011. An interview with Allan explaining the concept behind the album can be found here


Unfortunately the logistical problems of getting 6 people together to rehearse and difficulties getting big venue bookings led to the distintgration of the band at the end of 2011.

Just for fun Allan joined up with his old pal Peter Campbell and they started playing old Highlander songs as an acoustic duo. After a few months of playing together every weekend the old creative energy was rekindled and Allan and Peter started toying with the idea of reforming HIGHLANDER as a power trio.


Peter suggested they try out the drummer J.P. Thunder from THIRD TEETH and rehearsals started in February 2012. They played their first gig in March at the "Pub 'n' Roll" in Rendsburg.



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