• Andy Shearer

Day 94 - Gordon Duncan Set: Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton

When we restaged our Made In Perthshire show for Celtic Connections in Jan 2017, we also took the opportunity to let local audiences see this fantastic show again, which was originally commissioned for the 10th anniversary of Perth Concert Hall's opening in Sep 2015. This set celebrates the genius of the late, great Pitlochry piper and composer Gordon Duncan. It's performed by two of his Perthshire pupils, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton and features a superb string arrangment by Patsy Reid, who co-directed the show along with Ross.

Pitlochry's Gordon Duncan is arguably the most important composer to emerge in Scottish traditional music in recent decades. His playing and writing redefined the parameters of piping and what a tune in the traditonal style could be. Many of his compositions have become standards in traditional music circles across all instruments and his influence is unmistakably clear on a new generation of composers, including Ross and Ali.

Ross and Ali first met in the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band when they were 12 years old, where they were mentored by Gordon Duncan. They both went on to establish themselves as greatly in-demand multi-instrumentalists and composers on the Scottish folk scene. After many years playing in different lineups including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean and Shooglenifty, Ross and Ali recently reunited to release two hugely acclaimed albums together.



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