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Guitarist & Melodeon Maestro Tim Edey And Piper Extraordinaire Ross Ainslie To Release Debut Album

'Diad' is the product of two old friends, Tim Edey and Ross Ainslie, who happen to be award-winning multi-instrumentalists and two of the best musicians of theirs or any other generation – pushing the boundaries of traditional Celtic music to new heights.

Tim Edey and Ross Ainslie have been playing together for years now and the idea for 'Diad' was to capture the duo in a live setting in the studio in one day setting up playing live like a gig so it captures the way the guys like to play; live, spontaneous and free.

The album opens with a ferocious set of Slides and Polkas from the pen of the legendary Donal Lunny. Both Tim and Ross love the band Coolfin, led by Mr Lunny, as well as their self-titled album, so definitely a wee tribute to him. You don’t often hear the highland pipes playing slides and polkas in this very driving Irish way!

The 12 track album also features new versions of some familiar tunes composed by the guys; Little Bird and Celtic Thunder from Tim and Lullaby for Mel from Ross.

Tim is a double BBC Musician of the year (BBC FOLK AWARDS 2012) and BBC Scotland 2020. Rated by many to be one of the words best guitarists and melodeon players on the Celtic folk scene, Tim was The Chieftains guitarist accordionist of choice for 10 years, touring globally, and appearing with artists such as Ry Cooder & Paul Brady, In addition to his long standing solo career, Tim has found time to record and tour with just about everyone who is anyone in the Celtic music world – not just the legendary piper Ross Ainslie, but also the likes of Christy Moore, Altan, Natalie MacMaster, Julie Fowlis and Lunasa. Following his tour with Ross, he will be joining the master, Mike McGoldrick for a tour of Switzerland!

Making up this formidable duo, Ross is a 3 times nominated Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013, 2016, 2018. He won Best Duo in the same awards with Ali Hutton in 2017. He won Composer of the Year in 2015 at the Scots Trad Music Awards. He performs with bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Duncan Chisholm, Dougie Maclean, Ali Hutton, Jarlath Henderson and lots more. Ross has 5 solo albums to date Wide Open in 2013, Remembering in 2015, Sanctuary in 2017, Vana in 2020 and Live at the Gorbals in 2022.

Expect musical magic and instrumental magnificence to result from the chemistry between two virtuosos, at the peak of their powers and the top of their game. It doesn’t get better than this.

Tim and Ross are joined on harmonium for three tracks by Donald Shaw, a man steeped in Gaelic and roots music and best known for his membership of Capercaillie.




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