Ross Ainslie


"Ross Ainslie is probably Scotland’s most sought-after piper."
The Scotsman

"...ridiculously talented"
The Herald

One of Scotland’s most gifted musicians and composers, Ross is also one of the busiest, playing with the Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, India Alba and Jarlath Henderson.

Ross released his debut solo album “Wide Open” in 2013 which was voted 9th in the Sunday Herald Top Scottish Albums of 2013. He has been nominated for Best Instrumentalists at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2010 and 2012. He was also nominated for Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013.

This was followed by his album “Remembering”, when he turned his hand for the first time to writing songs in addition to some new tunes. Over the past years Ross has made some big changes in his life, one of the biggest being his decision to go sober, and this album touches on some of the ups and downs encountered on that journey. Ross handpicked the musicians with his songs in mind and feature: Ross Ainslie (pipes, whistle, cittern), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistle, guitar), Hamish Napier (vocals, piano), James Lindsay (bass), John Somerville (accordion), Laura Wilkie (fiddle, vocals), Matheu Watson (electric guitar), Gordy Duncan Jr (vocals, drums). This was followed in December 2017 by his evocative album "Sanctuary".

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. He has always been a great friend of ours ...and of tour Perthshire Amber Festival and we are really pleased that Ross can join us again this year for for the Farewell Bash on Sunday 4th November!