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Blue Rose Code – plus supporting act

Saturday 15th September 2018 – Doors 7pm

Blue Rose Code to play on Festival’s Opening Weekend

Blue Rose Code, aka Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson,
will be an exciting highlight of this year’s Festival and will play for one night only on the opening weekend – Saturday 15th September at St. George’s Church. At the edge of contemporary alt-folk, Wilson’s music evokes a meeting of Van Morrison and a young John Martyn, both shipwrecked with a bunch of Motown records.

Ross Wilson has spent most of his musical life curating; he sculpts his band to every mood and temperament in order to create the perfect happening.

As the man at the helm of Blue Rose Code, he is, part director, part sculptor…total chameleon.

Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to the South of England “to be by the sea’s energy” but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Life wasn’t always simple for Wilson. “I have swapped one type of chaos for another” says Wilson.

A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross writes from the heart eschewing any specific genre and the twelve songs on new album The Water Of Leith, addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, are painted with colours of folk, jazz, soul and pop; an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.

Underlining the sense of movement and place in Ross’s work and The Water Of Leith is rooted in his return to his Scottish homeland. There, he reconnected with the stellar musicians who were to become an integral part of the new album’s sound: multi award-winning singer Julie Fowlis, celebrated Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, BBC Folk Award Winner, Ross Ainslie, 2017’s Scottish Jazz Awards’ instrumentalist of the year Konrad Wiszniewski, leading violinist Seonaid Aitken and three of Scotland’s finest jazz musicians; John Lowrie, Colin Steele and James Lindsay, to name just some of the contributors. Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman features on the opening track. Ross co-produced the album with Angus Lyon.

Wilson cites taking his last drink as the start of living rather than the end of the drinking. Now a committed enthusiast and creative whirling dervish, Wilson has seen the past few years produce some of his most exciting work including the album ‘THE BALLADS OF PECKHAM RYE’, which 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.

The Blue Rose Code game has certainly changed, they are heard regularly in session for the BBC (TV and Radio), STV, Alba, TG4, Virgin Radio.

Live performance is where Blue Rose Code connects strongly with their audiences, they have toured the length and breadth of the UK selling out venues wherever they go and leaving a trail of fans in their wake. Featured in festivals Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe, Looe, Summer Isles, Lindisfarne, Southern Fried, Underneath The stars.

Tickets are available at www.newmillsfestival.co.uk or at Priscilla’s Cards (60-62 Market St, New Mills, SK22 4AA) or by phone 07753842861.

Prices are £13 early bird, £11 concessions, and £15 full price. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. St. George’s Church is on Church Lane in New Mills (SK22 4NP). There will also be a bar at the gig serving locally-brewed real ale, as well as wine, lager, cider, spirits and soft drinks.

New Altar Frontal Viewing – New Mills Festival 2018

Friday 21st September 2018 – 10am to 4pm

New Mills Community Arts Project eARTh participants working with artist Amanda Whewell have created an Altar Frontal showing various aspects of New Mills using textiles, embroidery and tie-dye techniques. The Frontal will adorn the altar for Heritage and Community Open Days. Coffee and cake will be available.