Not Just Ship Land

Ainsley Hamill at The Rockfield Centre Picture; Kevin McGlynn KN_T26_Ainslie02

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Singer songwriter Ainsley Hamill brought sound and sentiment to The Rockfield Centre.

Not Just Ship Land was a performance of original songs, centred around Hamill’s powerfully alluring voice amid an assured, arresting mix of folk, jazz and torch-song pop, accompanied for this live performance by film footage of Govan past and present.

Hailing from the West Coast of Scotland Ainslie’s performance earlier this month graced the centre’s stage, with support act Elissa Conway, who was also joined by her fiancé Colin Maclean.

Support act support act Elissa Conway who was also joined on stage at The Rockfield Centre by her fiancé Colin Maclean.

One of the UK’s leading and most diverse singers, Ainsley has a long list of nods 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.

The songstress specialises in song writing and songs in Scottish Gaelic and English and nurtured her love of Gaelic song while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Trad roots also close to her heart.

Her new album Not Just Ship Land draws on contrastingly urban inspirations, namely the social history and contemporary experience of Glasgow’s Govan district, especially as viewed by its womenfolk.

With this new album, however, Ainsley is exploring new sounds and ideas as she pushes out from these roots to create personal material that encompasses big topics close to her heart, including feminism and equality, while unearthing forgotten stories and places that deserve a voice.

For many years, Ainsley performed and toured with folk bands Barluath and made appearances with The Unusual Suspects.

During this time, her accomplished song writing skills were evident in Barluath’s two studio albums; Source and At Dawn of Day as well as various singles including Touch the Gate and At the Fair.

Ainsley is a current member of folk band Fourth Moon, performing Gaelic, English and her own material, as well as step dancing.

Elissa moved from London to the west coast of Scotland at the age of eight with her love of music developing from a young age.

Gaining an honours degree in popular music at Edinburgh University, Elissa began performing her own music, a mixture of jazz and contemporary music, around her home town and surrounding islands.