Ainsley Hamill (with Sam Kelly and Toby Shaer)

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Ainsley Hamill (with Sam Kelly and Toby Shaer)

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Mix Heather Small & Julie Fowlis and you’ve got singer songwriter Ainsley Hamill. One of the UK’s leading and most diverse singers, Ainsley has a long list of nods including the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist and Gaelic Singer of the Year Finalist at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. She represented Scotland at Eurovision in Gothenburg and has appeared at folk festivals the world over, including The Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Celtic Connections & du Bout du Monde for the last 10 years and has recently been included in The List’s 2024 Hot 100, of the most influential Scottish cultural contributors.

With the release of her debut feature album Not Just Ship Land, produced by BBC composer Malcolm Lindsay, Ainsley showcases her songwriting ability, inspired by the surroundings and unsung heroes of Govan and Glasgow. Ainsley’s new album will be released in Summer 2024 and centred around trad Scottish Gaelic, Scots and self-penned songs that are inspired by the Scottish landscape and people.

Hailing from the West Coast of Scotland, Ainsley specialises in song writing and songs in Scottish Gaelic and English. Her love of Gaelic song was nurtured whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Trad roots are close to her heart. With this new album however, Ainsley is exploring new sounds and ideas as she pushes out from these roots to create personal material that encompasses big topics close to her heart, including feminism and equality, while unearthing forgotten stories and places that deserve a voice.

For many years Ainsley performed and toured with folk bands Barluath and made appearances with The Unusual Suspects . During this time, her accomplished song writing skills were evident in Barluath’s two studio albums; Source and At Dawn of Day as well as various singles including Touch the Gate and At the Fair. Ainsley is a current member of folk band Fourth Moon, performing Gaelic, English and her own material, as well as step dancing.

“Her voice thick with velvet and mirk…hovering between the comforting warmth of The Breath and the whip-smart forlorness of early Adele…Hamill has a big intriguing voice, it’s Scottishness ever-present”. (Folk Album of the Month March 2021 – Not Just Ship Land – The Guardian).

“I’m reminded of Nina Simone’s haunting version of When I Was In My Prime… The effect is absolutely breathtaking…This is an exciting, ingenious and highly original debut. (Not Just Ship Land – Folk London).

“One of the best of her generation.” (RnR Magazine).

“Anyone listening to these songs today cannot fail to be moved and impressed” (Not Just Ship Land – Fatea Magazine).

“Ainsley Hamill doesn’t put a foot wrong on Belle of the Ball, her debut solo release… a superb vocal, nuanced and passionate.” (Fatea Magazine).

“Ainsley Hamill’s stirring voice could compete with anyone at Celtic Connections.” (The Voice of Ireland).

“Hamill’s refreshingly soulful voice, a mixture of Julie Fowlis and Heather Small, is very much to the fore.” (Northern Sky).

“ goes a long way to explaining why she’s considered one of the best of her generation.” (Belle of the Ball – RnR Magazine).

“Her voice is rich and warm, soaking it’s comforting balm deep… all the Hamill Hallmarks of a soulful, acute vocal dexterity With real feel for a lyric. Ainsley’s voice is muscular and undeniably flexible. It can be sultry or exuberant , but always percussive. It wraps you in its arms like a coat from the cold. This release is like a shining pool of water; vivid, clear and nothing short of brilliant.” (Belle of the Ball – Folk North-West).

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Wednesday, September 4, 2024 @ 08:00 PM (Doors 7:30 pm)
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