Blue Rose Code
"Blue Rose Code is as slippery as an eel; a genre
dodger; a mess of influences and contradictions. This
rare display of soul and emotion will not be boxed, a
sign of something special." - David Kushar of Spiral
Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative
years in East London, then moved to South England "to
be by the sea's energy" but it is in his homecoming
that he has found where his heart is.
Life wasn't always simple for Wilson. "I have swapped
one type of chaos for another" says Wilson.
Wilson cites taking his last drink as the start of living
rather than the end of the drinking. Now a committed
enthusiast and creative whirling dervish, Wilson has
seen the past few years produce his most exciting work
including the album 'THE BALLAD OF PECKHAM RYE', which
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. In unprecedented
fashion, the following two BRC singles were playlisted
by Radio Scotland, making three in a row.
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."
McGregor is featured on the follow up album '
LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING' along with Scotland's Jazz
and Folk greats, music legend Danny Thompson and Nashville
Gospel singers, The McCrary Sisters.
Speaking about the album, 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."
The Blue Rose Code game has certainly changed, they
are heard regularly in session for the BBC (TV and Radio),
STV, Alba, TG4, Virgin Radio.
Live performance is where Blue Rose Code connects strongly
with their audiences, they have toured the length and
breadth of the UK selling out venues wherever they go
and leaving a trail of fans in their wake. Featured
in festivals Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe, Looe,
Summer Isles, Lindisfarne, Southern Fried, Underneath
2017 will see a new album released and a tour in support.
Ross Wilson has spent most of his musical life curating;
he sculpts his band to every mood and temperament in
order to create the perfect happening.
As the man at the helm of Blue Rose Code, he is, part
director, part sculptor