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by Ross Ainslie

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Way I was sat, last night in Glassel Hall recovering from a wonderful performance of The Railway by Hamish Napier wondering what was to come next from Ross's rendition of his album Sanctuary ---- believe me, what came next blew me away, in its entirety, 50 minutes of the most amazing journey I have been on since listening to the first album I ever bought on the day it was released called Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. I never thought anyone could match, let alone surpass the talents of Mike, but here I was in that tiny venue in the company of the very person who could...

I had no idea of any connection between Ross's music and that of Mike until I got home and read of the influence on Bandcamp...

A truly amazing night, thanks Ross
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Fioweo I can't actually express how freakin amazing this album is. Album of the year for sure!
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Jim CAUTION: The music on this track is highly enjoyable and addictive. It is lovingly arranged with soulful sounds that brighten your day. It gives a place to channel your inner self. Actually, ENJOY IT!
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anne c tavendale innovative, creative and heartfelt



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. The album plays continuously from start to finish and this is a bonus extra for pre-release copies, the album in 1 track the way it should be.
You get to listen to the album before anyone else does!
‘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”.


released December 1, 2017

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


Zakir Hussain - Tabla
Soumik Datta - Sarod
Damien O’Kane - Banjo
Jock Urquhart - Words

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


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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 www.rossainslie.com/biography/
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