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Ross Ainslie to Release Fourth Solo Album named after Retreat

Sep 24, 2020

Vana the fourth solo album from multi-instrumentalist Ross Ainslie is out on Friday 30th October 2020, named after a wellness retreat in India that Ross visited last year.

Drawing inspiration from the peace and recharging energy of his visit, Ross set to work writing and arranging this new body of work. Ross wanted the music on the album to reflect the feeling of allowing life to happen at the pace you want it to go, instead of being dictated by external factors.

Following on from his 2017 critically acclaimed album Sanctuary, Vana is to be consumed in the same way – continuously from beginning to end, it is a musical journey for the listener and draws influences from World Music, inspired by Ross’ work with bands Salsa Celtica and India Alba. Ross has also collaborated on the album with renowned saxophonist Paul Towndrow to give a jazz feel to some of the tracks.

Ross said: “Vana is the final product of a reflective journey towards self-preservation. I was beginning to feel burnt out with the pressures of touring, so I decided that I had to take a step back to breath and evaluate what direction I wanted my life to go in.“I took myself away to the Vana Wellness Retreat in India which really helped me take some time to reflect and take stock of the life I have lived and the one I want to enjoy in the future. I started this album when I returned from my trip and I have taken my time with its development, focusing on musical aspects that are most important to me and giving each track the time and attention I feel they deserve.”

The opening track ‘Science of Life’ sets the scene for the musical journey the listener is about to embark. The track draws inspiration from one of Ross’ favourite tunes, ‘Song for Barry’ by the Becker Brothers and  features the inimitable banjo playing of Damien O’Kane and there will be glimpses of older tunes recorded by Ross’ 12-piece band Treacherous Orchestra, this album’s version is the way that Ross intended it to sound when he wrote it in his early twenties.

With Hamish Napier and James Lindsay contributing with arrangements on more of Ross’ earlier tunes and featuring Graeme Stephen on electric guitar you can expect a jazzier flavour to some of the album.

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra (of which he is a founding member), Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Ali Hutton, Charlie Mckerron, Tim Edey, Jarlath Henderson and India Alba. 

Here’s a taste of Ross with the help of some important friends reminding us to keep safe during this tough times……

Vana will be available to download and stream on Friday 30th October. It will be available to pre-order on 25th September at

To keep up to date visit Ross’ social media page


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