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A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross writes from the heart eschewing any specific genre and the twelve new songs on The Water Of Leith, addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, are painted with colours of folk, jazz, soul and pop; an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.

Underlining the sense of movement and place in Ross’s work and The Water Of Leith is rooted in his return to his Scottish homeland. There, he reconnected with the stellar musicians who were to become an integral part of the new album’s sound: multi award-winning singer Julie Fowlis, celebrated Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, BBC Folk Award Winner, Ross Ainslie, 2017’s Scottish Jazz Awards’ instrumentalist of the year Konrad Wiszniewski, leading violinist Seonaid Aitken and three of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians; John Lowrie, Colin Steele and James Lindsay, to name just some of the contributors. Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman features on the opening track. Ross co-produced the album with Angus Lyon.

Blue Rose Code will tour extensively around the release of The Water Of Leith, including concerts at Edinburgh Queen’s Hall on November 3, London Bush Hall on November 14, Perth Concert Hall on November 20 and two nights at Harbour Arts in Irvine on November 24 and 25, see below for upcoming tour dates.

In the space of a few short years and the release of well-received albums North Ten, The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, and And Lo The Bird Is On The Wing, Blue Rose Code has built a growing reputation as a powerful writer and performer, gaining extensive radio play and the praise of key broadcasters including Edith Bowman, Mary Ann Kennedy, Bob Harris and also actor Ewan McGregor who made a cameo appearance on And Lo The Bird Is On The Wing after commenting: “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.” Author Ian Rankin is also a fan and has written insightful sleeve notes for the new album which follow below. The Water of Leith marks another step forward for Ross: his first record in recovery following a personal history overcoming alcoholism and addiction.

Upcoming tour dates

Date City Venue Country
15/12/18 Glasgow The SSE Hydro United Kingdom
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16/02/19 South Petherton, Somerset The David Hall Arts Centre United Kingdom
Address: Roundwell St, somerset TA13 5AA. Venue phone: 01460 240340. Buy Tickets
17/02/19 Bury The Met United Kingdom
Address: Market Street, Bury, Greater Manchester BL9 0BW. Venue phone: 0161 761 2216. Buy Tickets
28/02/19 Newcastle The Cluny United Kingdom
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01/03/19 Carlisle Old Fire Station United Kingdom
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02/03/19 Otley Otley Courthouse United Kingdom
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05/03/19 Livingston Howden Park Centre United Kingdom
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07/03/19 Glasgow St Luke’s United Kingdom
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08/03/19 Motherwell Motherwell Theatre United Kingdom
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09/03/19 Ullapool The Ceilidh Place United Kingdom
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10/03/19 Aberdeen The Lemon Tree United Kingdom
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11/03/19 Inverness Eden Court United Kingdom
Address: Bishop’s Road. Venue phone: 01463 234234. Buy Tickets
12/03/19 Galashiels MacArts Centre United Kingdom
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13/03/19 Castle Douglas Catstrand United Kingdom
20/03/19 Biddulph Biddulph Up in Arms United Kingdom
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21/03/19 Nottingham Glee Club, The United Kingdom
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22/03/19 Norwich The Octagon Chapel United Kingdom
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26/03/19 Abergavenny Borough Theatre United Kingdom
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27/03/19 Aldershot West End Centre United Kingdom
Venue phone: 01252 330040. Buy Tickets
28/03/19 Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe United Kingdom
Venue phone: 0121 443 4725. Buy Tickets
29/03/19 Sheffield The Greystones United Kingdom
Address: Greystones Road. Venue phone: 0114 266 5599. Buy Tickets
30/03/19 Hepworth Hepworth Live United Kingdom
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31/03/19 Liverpool Liverpool Philharmonic Hall United Kingdom
Address: Hope Street. Venue phone: 0151 7093789. Buy Tickets
04/04/19 London St Pancras Old Church United Kingdom
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05/04/19 New Milton Forest Arts United Kingdom
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08/04/19 Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre United Kingdom
Address: Bradninch Place, Gandy St, Exeter, Devon. EX4 3LS. Venue phone: 01392 667080. Buy Tickets
09/04/19 Portsmouth The Square Tower United Kingdom
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10/04/19 Shoreham Ropetackle Arts Centre United Kingdom
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