by Ross Ainslie

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    3rd studio album!

    Includes unlimited streaming of SANCTUARY via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days

      £12 GBP or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £8 GBP  or more


  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 5 Ross Ainslie releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of HOPE IN THE CHAOS, SANCTUARY, SANCTUARY FULL ALBUM (1 track), REMEMBERING, and WIDE OPEN. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      £22.50 GBP or more (25% OFF)




This third album from Ross brings together a lot of his influences over the years playing in bands like Salsa Celtica and India Alba.
Ross has always been a fan of Mike Oldfield album ‘Tubular Bells’ and this album is based on the same idea and designed to be listened to like a journey.
Sanctuary is a term Ross likes to use when describing what music is for him, coming up to five years sober now Ross has been through some big changes and ways of coping with certain situations without alcohol.
“I’ve found that I’m spending a lot of time on my own these days, being a travelling musician a lot of the social time is centred around drinking so I found it hard to be around so I would retreat to my room a lot, at first it took some time to get used to my own company but as the years have gone on I’ve found it to be a very productive and creative space, if I’m having a particularly bad day music is always the thing that will pick me up so that’s why this album is called Sanctuary”.

‘Inner Sanctuary’ is a track heavily influenced by his travels to India, it features a debut performance on Bansuri from Ross. The musicians on this album were selected very carefully and are all very comfortable in many genres, this track shows Greg Lawson playing with an Indian style.

‘Home in Another Dimension’ features one of Ross’s favourite musicians in the world, the one and only Zakir Hussain on tabla and also British/Indian Sarod maestro Soumik Datta. This track demonstrates a different style in writing for Ross with a definite Eastern flavour.

‘Let the Wild Ones Roam’ is a straight ahead rocking set of reels with the guys in their natural habitat. Damien O’Kane adds some amazing banjo to this track.

All the music on the album is composed by Ross apart from Surroundings which was composed by Ross and Jamie Maclean.


released December 1, 2017


Ross Ainslie - Highland and C Small Pipes, Whistles, Bansuri, Cittern, Banjo (track 1)
Steven Byrnes - Acoustic Guitar
Hamish Napier - Piano and Keys
James Lindsay - Bass
Greg Lawson - Fiddle
Cormac Byrne - Drums and Percussion


Zakir Hussain - Tabla (Track 7 + 10)
Soumik Datta - Sarod (Track 7)
Damien O’Kane - Banjo (Track 2 + 11)
Jock Urquhart - Words (Track 12)

Produced by Ross Ainslie, Andrea Gobbi and Steven Byrnes
Engineered by Andrea Gobbi at GloWorm Studios
Mixed by Andrea Gobbi at GloWorm Studios and Carrier Waves
Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios
Design and Photos by Somhairle Macdonald


all rights reserved



Ross Ainslie Glasgow, UK

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.

Ream More here
... more

contact / help

Contact Ross Ainslie

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Track Name: Escaping Gravity
Bedraggled threads
Befuddled head
Easily led to a tangled web of lies and spin
Despising gin a trembling hand will rise again
The resumption of passive consumption brings a massive reduction in the function and form of production
Slumping in corners
Surrounded by screens blinking warnings to conform to dreams boring and lean
What does it mean to be alive and thriving if inside your despising your life
Always fearing reprisals from family and friends concerned for your survival while you without rival or equal descend into repeated sequels of arrogance and vanity, mediocre mundanity
Constrained by your freedoms
Where is your inner sanctuary
Material insanity
Chasing crazes the inanity of damaging little phrases that were trained to say
Nothing ever changes its always been this way
But I’m starting a new day
Getting hyped to the rhythm
Making the clean decision
A practical proposition for living
Above all I will be giving
Respectful for the living and the dead
Not easily led or spoon fed opinions or points of view
I’ll challenge myself to regroup and renew
Surrender to the skies and in them rise
A new sense of freedom found in courage and release
Escaping gravity
In my inner sanctuary

If you like Ross Ainslie, you may also like: