The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 7 September is the new CD from Ross Ainslie called Wide Open.
This is Ross’ debut solo album with Wide Open featuring Ali Hutton on guitar; Duncan Lyall on bass; James Mackintosh on drums; Innes Watson on fiddle; John Somerville on Box; Angus Lyon on Box & Keys and Gyan Singh on Tabla. Most of the tunes on this album are Ross’ own and featured in his Tune Book available here.
Ross Macfadyen talks to Ross Ainslie about this new work and his early musical experiences in his home area of Highland Perthshire.
Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, highly sought after on the Scottish contemporary folk scene for his skill on pipes, whistles and cittern.
Born in Perthshire in 1983, 30 year-old Ross’s interest in music was instilled at an early age when he first picked up a chanter at the age of 8. He became a member of the Perth and District Pipe Band, before his first piping tutor, Norrie Sinclair, recognised his potential to play at the highest level and encouraged him to join the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band.
With a global reputation for innovation and excellence, the Pitlochry-based Grade 1 band offered Ross an opportunity to learn from some of the greatest pipers in the world and in 1995 Ross joined the Novice Juvenile Band of which Perthshire piper Gordon Duncan was Pipe Major.
Ross spent the early part of his piping career under Gordon’s mentorship, hugely inspired by the pioneering musician and within a year of joining the band, he won Best Improved Player in its annual competition, before shortly progressing to the Grade 1 band.
Now with a wealth of pipe band experience under his belt, a chance meeting with the legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean led to Dougie inviting the young piper to join his band for the occasional gig and Ross’s career as a musician entered into an exciting new phase.
A highly in demand musician, he has joined an array of acclaimed bands and musicians on tour and in the recording studio – as well as his work with Treacherous Orchestra, Dougie Maclean, India Alba, Salsa Celtica and Jarlath Henderson.
Other engagements include tours with Gordon Duncan, Flook and Ivan Drever’s band Clueless.
Having toured around the world, Ross has taken part in many prestigious events festivals and events – from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games announcement celebrations.
Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 7 September 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 9 September 6.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.