Tuesday 12th April – Blue Rose Code Quintet + Hattie Briggs Trio

Tuesday 12th April
Tickets: £12
Doors: 8.00pm
The Kings Arms, Malmesbury

“Blue Rose Code is a very important emerging singer.” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Imagine John Martyn meeting a young Van Morrison and being shipwrecked with a crate of Chet Baker records.” – Time Out London

“This is simply beautiful, I am a folk convert.” – Emma Freud, BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends

‘…AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING’ is the new album from the acclaimed Scottish songwriter, Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson). The album was previewed with a special concert at 2016’s Celtic Connections and straight after it’s released on 4th March, the Blue Rose Code Quintet are coming to Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions.

Of the new record, Wilson says, “It’s an album for music fans and musicians. A challenging record, I think, and it’s abundantly clear that the process has been undertaken away from the cynicism of any record company.

“I’m passionate about that fusion of folk and jazz and where it intersects with songwriting. Working with these musicians has been a game-changer. I may have cut my throat because there’s not really a single on here but, this is the album that I’ve written and it’s just as I wished it to be.”

In the space of only a short few years and two stellar albums, Blue Rose Code, Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London at to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently, “Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”.

The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams.

‘GRATEFUL’, the first single from the new album was released at the end of 2015 and was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland for a full ve weeks. Truly remarkable for an act without the backing of a label or a heavy management deal.

Further praise has come from the most unexpected of quarters in Hollywood A-lister, Ewan McGregor. Ewan explained, “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.”

Performing live he is stunning, and this reputation led Edith Bowman to personally ask Ross to perform on the launch show of BBC At The Quay with Texas and Stornoway. Edith described Ross’ performance with a nine-piece band, including guest Karine Polwart, as “truly special and beautiful”.




Gloucestershire based singer songwriter Hattie Briggs played over 100 gigs in 2015, including 3 tours – a UK support tour, a headline tour and a tour of the Netherlands. Her debut album “Red & Gold”, released early 2015, is soon to be followed by her second, and this gig at the Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions will be part of her 40 date UK wide 2016 “Young Runaway” showcase tour. “Red & Gold” received many acclaimed reviews from magazines including Q, R2 and Maverick, and was recently awarded the Best Debut Album of the Year 2015 from Laurel Canyon Music. Hattie also received their Best New Artist of 2015 award.

With influences including Norah Jones, James Taylor and Eva Cassidy, Hattie’s music crosses into multiple genres including pop, folk, soul and blues. 2015 highlights included appearances at Cheltenham Jazz and Cambridge Folk Festivals, supports for Stornoway and Grant Nicholas (Feeder) at Gloucester Guildhall, and appearing as a featured artist on Sky Arts TV. More information about Hattie’s tour and her band can be found on www.hattiebriggs.co.uk and Facebook.com/HattieBriggsMusic

Tracks: www.soundcloud.com/hattiepb

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