With three stellar albums in four years, featuring the likes of Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, Nashville’s McCrary Sisters and even Hollywood A-Lister, Ewan McGregor, Edina’s own Ross Wilson’s rise has been nothing short of breakneck and breathtaking.
Artist – Blue Rose Code
Title – ‘…AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING’
Label – Ronachan Songs RSCD0003
Release date – March 4th 2016
Blue Rose Code is a very important emerging singer/songwriter.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“This is simply beautiful, I am a folk convert.” Emma Freud, BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends
“Imagine John Martyn meeting a young Van Morrison and being shipwrecked with a crate of Chet Baker records.” Time Out London
‘…AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING’ is the new album from the acclaimed Scottish songwriter, Blue RoseCode (Ross Wilson). The album is previewed with a special concert at 2016’s Celtic Connections and released on 4th March, supported by a UK and European tour.
Recorded at Gran’s House Studio in the Scottish Borders and written between the Shetland Isles and rural Dorset,
‘…AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING’ features the finest Scottish Jazz and Folk musicians, Nashville Gospel
singers, The McCrary Sisters, British music legend Danny Thompson and Hollywood A-lister, none other than Ewan
Of the new record, Wilson says, “It’s an album for music fans and musicians. A challenging record, I think, and it’s
abundantly clear that the process has been undertaken away from the cynicism of any record company.
“I’m passionate about that fusion of folk and jazz and where it intersects with songwriting. Working with these musicians has been a game-changer. I may have cut my throat because there’s not really a single on here but, this is the album that I’ve written and it’s just as I wished it to be.”
In the space of only a short few years and two stellar albums, Blue Rose Code, Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has
gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as
a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently,
“Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”.
The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album
Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart,
John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams.
‘GRATEFUL’, the first single from the new album was released at the end of 2015 and was playlisted on BBC Radio
Scotland for a full five weeks. Truly remarkable for an act without the backing of a label or a heavy management deal.
Further praise has come from the most unexpected of quarters in Hollywood A-lister, Ewan McGregor. Ewan
explained, “My uncle Denis Lawson, (star of Local Hero) gave me a copy of The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, it’s beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it.”
Performing live he is stunning, and this reputation led Edith Bowman to personally ask Ross to perform on the
launch show of BBC At The Quay with Texas and Stornoway. Edith described Ross’ performance with a nine-piece band, including guest Karine Polwart, as “truly special and beautiful”.
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