Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo 2017, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton are internationally recognised multi-instrumentalists, composers and arrangers in the vibrant and ever evolving Scottish traditional music scene.
Ross and Ali have a long history of shared musical roots from their days with the Vale of Atholl pipe band, at the age of 12. They were mentored by one of the most innovative pipers in the last 30 years, the late great Gordon Duncan. Gordon sparked a deep passion in Ross and Ali for playing pipes with other instruments and they went on to be founding members of the musical powerhouse Treacherous Orchestra as well as playing with bands such as Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Zakir Hussain, The Levellers and Capercaillie.
Their individual and joint musical journeys have led them through a long list of high profile awards and nominations going back as far as 2005. In 2015 they saw prestigious acclaim in the Scots Trad Music Awards with Ali’s nomination for Instrumental 1st of the Year; Treacherous Orchestra’s album ‘Grind’ (co-produced by Ali) awarded Album of the Year; Ross awarded Composer of the Year. Early recognition has come already for the duo’s album ‘Symbiosis’ which has been shortlisted for Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2016.
Ross’ studio output includes ‘Wide Open’, ‘Remembering’ and two well-received albums with Uilleann piper Jarlath Henderson, ‘Partners in Crime’ and ‘Airfix’. Collaborations include India Alba, Dougie Maclean and Salsa Celtica.
Ali Hutton’s early career saw him part of Back Of The Moon from 2003 onwards. He has since produced critically acclaimed albums for Maeve Mackinnon, Old Blind Dogs, Rura, Clare Hastings and Treacherous Orchestra. He collaborates with artists such as Duncan Chisholm, Ross and Jarlath.
Ross and Ali’s live performances deliver music with atmosphere, energy and passion. Working primarily with their own compositions they combine their rich musical experiences to produce an exciting and beguiling sound with an undeniable synergy forged from a lifetime of friendship.