Ainsley Hamill & Alistair Iain Paterson
Ainsley (song) and Alistair (piano/keyboards) are two young Glasgow-based musicians who have been performing together for almost six years after first meeting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2009. Both graduated from the Scottish Music course at RCS in 2013 with first class honours degrees and since then, they have continued to forge careers as professional musicians. Ainsley and Alistair are both members of the critically acclaimed folk band ‘Barluath’ (www.barluath.com), but they have also performed extensively as a duo and have delighted many audiences with their varied repertoire and engaging performances.
Ainsley hails from Cardross near Helensburgh. She started singing and performing from a young age. Her love of Scottish music was ignited at Cardross primary school and was developed further through singing with the Gaelic choir at Hermitage Academy. Ainsley has recently been named as a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015.
Ainsley is a 2013 graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), obtaining a first class honours degree in Scottish Music, with Gaelic Song as her principal study, under the tuition of Kenna Campbell and Mairi MacInnes, and Scots song, taught by Gordeanna McCulloch and Rod Paterson. She was also awarded ‘The Keepers of the Quaich’ Scholarship by the RCS that has allowed her to pursue her love of the Gaelic language by doing distance-learning with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands.
In 2013 Ainsley won the prestigious Silver Pendant at the Royal National Mòd held in Paisley.
Ainsley has performed at folk festivals both in Britain and abroad, touring with ‘Atlantic Seaway’, under ‘The Advancement of Scottish Roots Music’ program. Her solo endeavours include representing Scotland at the 2014 Celtic Congress, held in Cardiff. She is also a current member of the ladies waulking song group ‘Bannal’.
Alistair is a piper and pianist from the village of Bishopton. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013 and was fortunate to be awarded three scholarships during his studies, most notably the Martyn Bennett Memorial Award in 2012 (www.margaretbennett.co.uk/scholarship/martyn-bennett-scholarship). His tutors at RCS were Mary McCarthy and James Ross, but it was his Gran, Nan Maciver, who first sparked his interest in traditional music.
He has performed in a solo setting at the internationally acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured in 2013 with the National Theatre of Scotland production “A Little Bird Blown off Course”, based on the life of eminent folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw. In September 2014, he also notably performed at the MIMO arts and culture festival in Olinda, Brazil along with the James Duncan Mackenzie Band.
Alistair was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014, which was staged at Glasgow’s renowned Celtic Connections festival. The 2014 finalists recently toured throughout Scotland and released an album in collaboration with the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland. Alistair is a keen teacher as well as being a popular session musician for several other artists and ensembles, such as The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, and he is continuing to develop his work as both an accompanist and soloist.
Ainsley and Alistair are delighted to join the Live Music Now scheme, and hope to further develop their music by performing to and working with many different audiences.