Award winning folk at The Fleece in March - The Evesham Observer

Award winning folk at The Fleece in March

Evesham Editorial 20th Feb, 2019   0

BBC RADIO 2 Folk Award 2017 winners Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton kick off 2019 with a big tour of the UK and will be taking to the stage at The Fleece Inn this March.

The dynamic duo will play a host of new music from their latest album Symbiosis II – released to huge critical acclaim last year, as well as music from their debut album Symbiosis. They will be joined by Jenn Butterworth on Guitar (Kinnaris Quintet) and Paul Jennings on Drums/Electronics (Croft No5).

The duo can’t wait to take their new and existing material on tour in early 2019.

“We absolutely love being on tour, there’s nothing better for us than playing to a live audience. We’re really looking forward to playing The Fleece Inn and seeing fans old and new there on March 10,” Ali Hutton said.




After much anticipation and encouragement from fellow musicians and fans alike, two of Scotland’s foremost musicians joined forces in 2016 to form one of the most formidable duos in Scottish music history, going on to win the best duo category at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards in 2017 and being nominated for the same award in 2018.

Ross and Ali met in the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band when they were 12-years-old. The boys were guided by one of the most influential pipers in the last 30 years Gordon Duncan. Gordon instilled a great passion in them for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Capercaillie.


Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern.

He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra (of which he is a founding member), Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Ali Hutton, Jarlath Henderson, Charlie Mckerron and India Alba.

Ali Hutton, from Methven in Perthshire, is a hugely successful multi-instrumentalist on the Scottish music scene.

Ali has performed, and worked alongside some of the most respected musicians, and bands on the scene, such as Capercaillie, Dougie Maclean, Duncan Chisholm, Carlos Nunez, Deaf Shepherd, Clueless, Steve Forman, Salsa Celtica, and Shooglenifty to name but a few.

During his apprentice years as a professional musician he was fortunate enough to become a member of the multi award winning bands Brolum and Back of the Moon. He toured with them for several years across Europe and North America. Ali has also found himself producing some of the most well received Scottish folk albums in recent years.

Ali is currently a member of Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson band.

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