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    Spring Into Easter with Ainsley Hamill and Alistair Paterson

  • When
    1 April 11:30 - 14:30
  • Join us for some live music to celebrate the start of spring, as part of the 3-day programme of springtime surprises at the National Museum of Rural Life.

    Song and piano duo Ainsley Hamill and Alistair Iain Paterson will be performing throughout the day on April 1st, starting at 11.30am and finishing at 4.15pm.

    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, but they have also performed extensively as a duo and have delighted many audiences with their varied repertoire and engaging performances.

    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. 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.

    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 joined Live Music Now Scotland in November 2014.

    Find out more about the full programme of Easter activities here: