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Scotland on Tour, the initiative to support the recovery of our live music industry, will return to Oban’s Rockfield Centre this summer with Eurovision singer-songwriter Ainsley Hamill on Friday June 17.
Hailing from the West Coast, Ainsley is a hugely diverse singer who specialises in songwriting for songs in Scottish Gaelic and English. She has a long list of nods to her name, including the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist and Gaelic Singer of the Year Finalist at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.
She represented Scotland at Eurovision in Gothenburg and has appeared at folk festivals the world over, including The Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Celtic Connections for the last 10 years.
Last year saw a new direction for Ainsley with the release of her debut feature album, Not Just Ship Land. Inspired by the surroundings and unsung heroes of Govan and Glasgow, this new material explores original sounds and ideas as she creates personal material that encompasses big topics close to her heart, including feminism and equality, while unearthing forgotten stories and places that deserve a voice.
Ainsley said: ‘I can’t wait to play Oban this summer, part of my family live near the town so it is always lovely to have a show up this way. It is a fabulous part of the world and I’m hugely excited to be playing The Rockfield Centre, a wonderfully historic building. I’ll be showcasing material from my album, Not Just Ship Land, and telling the stories of unsung heroes and forgotten tales.’
Scotland on Tour will take place until April 2023. The remaining shows confirmed for the Rockfield Centre include Mary Ann Kennedy and Finlay Wells on July 9, Ryan Young on October 8 and The Jellyman’s Daughter on October 22.
Verity Roberts, culture and creative officer for The Rockfield Centre, said: ‘We are ecstatic to have Ainsley Hamill perform here in Oban at The Rockfield Centre. Alongside Ainsley’s powerful voice and evocative song writing, we will have projected visuals, that will ensure a particularly special evening for our audience in a historic and intimate venue.’
Scotland on Tour will support the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at much-loved arts centres, town halls and community venues across Scotland. More than 120 artists are set to perform at more than 100 venues across the country as part of the initiative.
The project, which has been created and managed by Active Events, was made possible by £750,000 of Scottish Government backing and will focus on increasing the number of opportunities to showcase and enjoy live music, while bringing exciting acts to the doorstep of city, towns, villages and rural communities.
Tickets for these and a raft of other shows are on sale now at www.scotlandontour.com