Following on from the success of their debut album ‘Symbiosis’ Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton will release their second album ‘Symbiosis II’ this spring. Winners of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 and nominees for the same award in 2018, Ross and Ali have been busy in the studio creating an album full of new and original material.
Packed full of their own compositions, partly commissioned by some of their fans, Ross and Ali have welcomed lots of their fellow friends and musicians to record on this album.
Revolving around skilfully played guitar, cittern, whistles and bagpipes, which are the bedrock of the award winning duo, the arrangements also include a full string section, the extensive use of synthesisers, drum kit and bodhran. The result is a much bigger sound with more adventurous and epic arrangements.
released April 20, 2018
SYMBIOSIS II FEATURES
Ross Ainslie - Highland Pipes, Whistles, Cittern and Banjo
Ali Hutton - Highland Pipes, Whistles, Acoustic, Electric and Tenor Guitar
Duncan Lyall - Moog and Synth
Martin O’Neill - Bodhran and Drums
Steven Byrnes - Drums
Patsy Reid - All Strings
Gus Sicard - Pipe Band Snare Drum
Produced by Andrea Gobbi, Ali Hutton and Ross Ainslie
Engineered by Andrea Gobbi at GloWorm Recordings and Carrier Waves
Mixed by Andrea Gobbi at GloWorm Recordings and Carrier Waves
Additional Engineering by Barry Reid and Keir Long
String Arrangements by Patsy Reid
String Recordings by Jamie Pryke
Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios
Design and Thunder by Somhairle Macdonald
Kinnaris Quintet alternates wonderfully between sweet warmth and rapturous joy. They accomplish what all good folk music aims at. It's very difficult to make an instrumental album of this length not start to all sound the same, but every track on Free One is so well constructed as to be chapters of a moving story, finally deeply satisfied by the conclusion of the title track. By jolts and false starts it alludes to brokenness without drowning in it. It's full of a realism that sees the ugliness of the real world and yet chooses joy, and this to me is what it truly means to be free. gripraven