The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 2 November is the new CD from Ross Ainslie (Scottish bagpipes, whistles) and Jarlath Henderson (Uilleann pipes, whistles) called Air-Fix.
Ross and Jarlath first started playing together in 2003 at Armagh’s William Kennedy Piping Festival and have since joined forces to create a pipe sound that pushes the boundaries of what Irish and Scottish instruments can achieve together.
Jarlath is a three time All-Ireland Champion Uilleann Piper at only 19 years of age. In December 2003 he became the first Irish musician to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician Of The Year.
Ross hails from Perth and is a former member of the Grade 1 Vale Of Atholl pipe band. He has since toured with his tutor, the late Gordon Duncan, and was involved in Ivan Drever’s band Clueless before more recently playing with Flook!, Dougie MacLean and Salsa Celtica.
Ross and Jarlath are two of the most enigmatic musicians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. These young talents have created a sound that is bursting with energy. The duo are pushing the boundaries of what their instruments can achieve in a performance which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes.
Ross Macfadyen talks to Jarlath about their music and their new album ‘Air-Fix’ – their first in four years. Jarlath says: “We have very busy…”
Album of the Week, Saturday 2 November 5.00pm and 12 midnight and Monday 4 November 6.00pm and at Catch Up anytime.