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Blue Rose Code is Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson. At the edge of contemporary alt-folk, Wilson’s music evokes a meeting of Van Morrison and a young John Martyn, both shipwrecked with a bunch of Motown records.

A new EP double A-side single ‘Red Kites/I Will Lay You Down’, featuring three new songs and a stunning live performance of rarely played live, fan-favourite, ‘Where The Westlin’ Winds Do Carry Me’ from the TWOL launch 2017.

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‘…AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING’ is the new album from the acclaimed Scottish songwriter, Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson). Previewed to a sold out theatre 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 McGregor.

Of the new record, Wilson says, “It’s an album for music fans and musicians, a challenging record.

“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”.

The absolute highlight of Celtic Connections so far! Blue Rose Code’s launch of the brand new CD ‘….And Lo! The Bird Is On The Wing’ to a packed audience last night at the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow. Brilliant gig, with Ross Wilson at Celtic Connections.

…AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING’ is the new album from the acclaimed Scottish songwriter, Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson). The album was previewed at a special SOLD OUT concert at 2016’s Celtic Connections and is released on 4th March 2016,

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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 McGregor.

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.”

Blue Rose Code performing ‘Fine Lines’ – a lovely tribute to John Martyn on the 7th anniversary of John Martyn’s death. Recorded at the launch gig for the Blue Rose Code CD ‘….And Lo! The Bird Is On The Wing’ at the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow on 29th January 2016. Part of Celtic Connections.

Blue Rose Code is the wonderfully talented singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, accompanied by Wrenne (vocals), Colin Steele (trumpet), Wild Lyle Watt (guitar), Nico Bruce (Bass) and Angus J Lyon (keyboard).

If you’re in or around the Yorkshire area or even farther afield, I feel quite honoured to be asked to play at this very special event on the 27th of June. A certain Must to catch the incredible Blue Rose Code.

There will be special guests and it’ll be a grand ol’ knees up, lots of JM songs performed. Fans, musicians, everyone is invited to come and play and share the big man’s music. Sessions, workshops, all that good stuff. Really can’t wait.

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Beautiful sounds from Blue Rose Code, from the forthcoming album BALLADS OF PECKHAM RYE a lone sweeping violin and a lovely warm acoustic guitar. Blue Rose Code will be at the Cookie Jar in Leicester Thursday 8th May

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The second album from the wonderful talented Blue Rose Code  due anytime now this track has a sort of African chant and recall to the vibe , Blue Rose Code will be playing at the Cookie Jar in Leicester

A track from the wonderful BLUE ROSE CODE