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Ainsley Hamill and Band play Geilston Hall, Cardross, 17th June
June 6, 2016

Geilston Hall Poster 17th June (final version)Join Ainsley and band in an evening of her own material in her local village of Cardross in the 125 year old Geilston Hall.

Ainsley’s songs are heavily influenced by Cardross and the local area, making the Geilston Hall the perfect setting to showcase her new material.

Ainsley will be joined with Alistair Iain Paterson (keyboards), Chris Amer (electric guitar), Neil Paton (percussion), Angus Tikka (bass)

The evening will start with the newly formed ‘Colin Greeves Quartet’

There will be a fully licensed bar at the event, serving wine, spirits, beers and soft drinks.

Tickets can be preorder by emailing your ticket reservation. Just follow the link. http://ainsleyvhamill.com/contact/

Alternatively, tickets can be bought on the door (£10/£8)

Interview with the Scotsman and Folk Radio Acoustic Session
December 2, 2015

The lead up to the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards is always very exciting. Im so sad that I won’t be there, as I’ll be performing with Barluath at The Digital Arts Centre in Helensburgh on Saturday.

 

Jim Gilchrist from the Scotsman has written a lovely article about my nomination:

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Last week I did an acoustic session with Folk Radio in association with The Trad Awards with Barluath. Follow the link to exclusive live tracks:

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2015/12/folk-radio-session-ainsley-hamill-mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards-nominee/

 

 

October was a mega busy month, but many delightful things happened…
November 10, 2015

At the start of the month, Barluath had their first German Tour! We travelled between wonderful venues all over the country, including Proitzer Mühle in Schnega, Folk Club Villingen in Villingen-Schwennigen, Folkclub Isaar in Töpen, Hof, and Nuremberg Folk Club in Nuremberg.

I’ve got to say that I’m pretty much cheesed and meat-ed out after Germany. However, the hospitality was amazing, and we met some lovely people. The beer was pretty spot on too! We even took a day trip to the historic brewpub, Schlenkerla in Bamberg, renowned for its smoked Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier.

After Germany, we had to rush home for the Royal National Mòd in Oban. I was so excited to take part this year, as it was held on home turf. I was delighted to be placed 1st in the Òran Mòr qualifying competition, and 3rd in the other for the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal. The final was live on BBC Alba, and filled with so many talented singers. I’m thrilled to have come second in the final! It once again was a wonderful experience, and a chance to catch up with so many people I only see once a year!

I couldn’t resist…

Mòd an Òbain 2015

The next week, we shot straight off to Denmark for a week. We played wonderful venues including Baltoppen Live in Ballerup, Midt Folk in Herning and Hagge’s Musik Pub in Tønder. They were all very different venues, but my favourite has got to be Baltoppen Live, due to the fact that I have now performed on the same stage as BONEY M!! So the only reasonable thing to do after the gig, was to download ‘The Magic of Boney M’ and drive everyone else in the van batty. (You haven’t lived until you’ve heard the Boney M Mega Mix)

Boney M at Baltoppen Live, Denmark

At the end of the month I did a lovely gig at Fyvie Castle for the National Trust of Scotland with the ever-talented musicians; Alistair Paterson and Colin Greeves. There were several events on at the castle that night, and on arrival we were mistaken for the actors leading the murder mystery evening… I would have been happy to go along with that. However, killing Colonel Mustard in the Drawing Room with a candle stick, whilst singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ would have been a slightly different performance to the norm…

Finally, to start the month of November, I was able to announce on my birthday, that I’ve been nominated for Gaelic Singer of the Year, at the MG ALBA Scots Music Trad Awards 2015. I’m so grateful to be up for this award, with magnificent singers. If you think I’m worthy of such a wonderful title, please vote for me at

http://projects.scottishcultureonline.com/scotstradmusicawards/voting/