Blue Rose Code

Saturday 26 October 2013 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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. Ross describes the music of Blue Rose Code as ‘Caledonian Soul’.

“Above all else, it’s the songs that matter, Motown and Nashville taught me that”, says Wilson, now in demand as a writer and co-writer.

Debut album, ‘North Ten’, featuring legendary bassist and long time fan – Danny Thompson – was released early 2013 on Reveal Records, home to Lau, Joan As Policewoman, Roddy Woomble and Simone Felice. Single, ‘Julie’ received great acclaim, championed by Radio 2’s Jo Whiley and playlisted on XFM and Amazing Radio. A series of live sessions for XFM followed along with an appearance on Radio 4’s Loose Ends.

Summer 2013 was a busy one; a much feted performance with his Blue Rose Code trio at Cambridge Folk Festival, the main stage at Moseley Folk and a three day stint at Shrewsbury Folk. ‘Julie’ B-side ‘Acquainted With The Night’ – a reworking of a Robert Frost poem – was synced for national TV on ‘Hollyoaks’, and Wilson recorded his version of the Norman McCaig’s poem ‘True Ways Of Knowing’, as part of a broader Scots cultural writing project, for the Guardian.

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