Ainsley excited about her homecoming gig
She has been touring with her band across Germany, Denmark... and appears on the same festival bill as The Proclaimers later this month.
But the gig that has really got Ainsley Hamill excited is a concert in Geilston Hall in Cardross on Friday night.
The talented singer/songwriter may have performed to thousands, and appeared at major folk festivals across Britain and Europe, but the village show was always going to be the hands-down winner.
“I live in Cardross and it’s my first time ever performing here,” Ainsley told the Lennox Herald.
“And it’s going to be really special at Geilston Hall. I used to go to my dance lessons and Brownies there when I was younger, so to get to stage a professional concert in that very hall is surreal.
“I’ve sang in Helensburgh before but this concert is only about a minute from my house. I’m really excited about it.”
Ainsley will be performing popular and jazz music, treating crowds to her own material and supported by a band.
The 24-year-old says much of her songwriting is inspired by the area’s beautiful scenery.
Ainsley’s love of Gaelic and Scots song was nurtured whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she gained a first class honours degree in Scottish music, with Gaelic songs as her principal study.
There she met a group of friends and the band ‘Barluath’ was formed.
The band have toured extensively in Britain and abroad and will record their third studio album later this year.
In October 2013, Ainsley won The Silver Pendant at The Royal National Mòd, held in Paisley, and has also been broadcast on radio and television numerous.
The talented musician has also appeared at major folk festivals such as The Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and Celtic Connections since 2010, along with many others in Britain and abroad.
Ainsley continues to write her own material. This includes original songs in English, as well as composing tunes that compliment Gaelic material.
Ainsley has continued her study of Scots Gaelic on a distancelearning course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands, allowing her to further advance her knowledge of the Gaelic Language.
The Cardross star was also named as a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist in 2014/15.
The Geilston Hall concert takes place this Friday at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm. Tickets are priced £10 and can be bought on the door.
Talk of the town Ainsley Hamill is excited be playing homecoming gig at Geilston Hall