Perthshire piper, whistle and cittern player Ross Ainslie has matured into one of the most imaginative composers in Scottish traditional music, following in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Gordon Duncan. He's just published a second book of his own compositions, Homemade Tunes 2 and here he gives us a taster of what's inside accompanied by the brilliant guitarist Jenn Butterworth.
"My second collection of original material includes 70+ tunes from my solo albums Remembering, Sanctuary and Vana, Symbiosis and Symbiosis II with Ali Hutton and a lot of commissions from over the years."
Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditionalmusicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member – Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Ali Hutton, Jarlath Henderson, Charlie Mckerron, Tim Edey, Hamish Napier, India Alba and has performed with Kate Rusby, Blue Rose Code, Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Capercaillie, Shooglenifty, Carl Barat, Papon, Karsh Kale, Flook, Breabach, Soumik Datta and Patsy Reid.
Born in Perthshire in 1983, Ross began his career as a member of the Perth and District Pipe Band, before joining the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, where he was mentored by piper Gordon Duncan. Hugely influenced by Gordon’s fearlessly innovative spirit and groundbreaking compositions, Ross began exploring his own abilities as a composer and writing his own tunes, and in 2002 he was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.
Ross has 4 solo albums to date Wide Open in 2013, Remembering in 2015, Sanctuary in 2017 and Vana in 2020.