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by Ross and Ali

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Physical copy of 'Symbiosis' with artwork by Somhairle MacDonald.

    Includes unlimited streaming of SYMBIOSIS via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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SMILER 05:14
GRANS 07:46
FOURTH 02:34
PONGU 04:45
LOCH 04:18
WAN 04:14
RUBY 04:24
GAELIC 05:47


Ross and Ali met at the Vale of Atholl pipe band when they were 12 years old. The boys were guided by one of the most influential pipers in the last 30 years Gordon Duncan. Gordon instilled a great passion in the guys for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Capercaillie. After all the years playing in different bands and line ups the guys decided to concentrate on music together.

Duncan Chisholm: "There is one word that comes to mind when listening to the incredible new album from Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, the word is connection.
Music is all about connection, it is the passing and sharing of emotions that drives us all to create.
In this case you have two complete musical minds, connected first and foremost as lifelong friends. They are connected by the same ingenious teacher, connected in their outlook to life, their shared passion for pipes, for Scotland and Scottish music.
They are connected in their zest for travel, the inspiration they take from other cultures and in turn how they inspire all those who hear them wherever in the world that might be.
They represent the best of what their generation is bringing to the bright sparkling colourful music that emits from our shores in the 21st Century.
This album shows the best of what Ross and Ali are. They are two friends connected in their love of life, two friends who have travelled the world together, growing as people together while learning their craft to an outstanding level.
The tunes are great, the playing is fantastic and the connection between them is undeniable......a glorious album”


released August 14, 2016

Ali Hutton - Highland Pipes, Whistles, Guitar, Tenor Guitar and Harmonium
Ross Ainslie - Border Pipes, Whistles, Cittern, Banjo and Harmonium
Duncan Lyall - Double Bass, Electric Bass and Moog
Martin O’Neill - Bodhran
Gus Sicard - Pipe Band Snare Drum

Produced by Andrea Gobbi, Ali Hutton and Ross Ainslie

Engineered by Andrea Gobbi at Carrier Waves Studio

Additional recording by Ross Ainslie at Great White Studio

Mixed by Andrea Gobbi, Ali Hutton and Ross Ainslie at Cumbernauld College
Mastered by Barry Reid at La Chunky Studio
Design by Somhairle Macdonald at Schmo Towers


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