Ains­ley ex­cited about her home­com­ing gig

Lennox Herald - - THE TICKET - Marc McLean

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

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