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Blue Rose Code / Folk, Live Entertainment, Live Music, Soul

Sat 24May
9:00 PM

Note: This event has finished

London-based / Edinburgh-born Blue Rose Code is singer/songwriter Ross Wilson. Blue Rose Code’s
beautiful, classic sounding songs have been described as ‘Caledonian soul’.
Forthcoming debut album ‘North Ten’ is to be released by Reveal Records (home to Lau, Joan As
Police Woman, Kris Drever, Roddy Woomble etc) a perfect fit for an artist’s who’s debut features
legendary bassist Danny Thompson (Kate Bush, John Martyn, Talk Talk etc). Reveal will also release
‘Julie’ the first single from ‘North Ten’ on January 28th 2013.
The ‘Julie’ E.P also features three exclusive non album recordings, including a cover of Gillian Welch’s
‘Everything Is Free’ (a song Blue Rose Code first aired live on a recent UK tour with label mates Lau).
‘A superb singer, songwriter and guitarist. Beautiful songs, a genuine pleasure to have been involved’
-Danny Thompson
Raised in a council high rise by his grandmother on the east side on Edinburgh, Wilson skipped school
to endlessly listen to his records (Motown,Chet Baker, John Coltrane and the unholy trinity of Van
Morrison, John Martyn and Tom Waits). Ross found solace in music, but soon became addicted to the
drink and drugs he had been heavily consuming in an effort to escape a troubled upbringing.
Following the death of his grandmother Ross escaped to London, dogged by alcoholism and addiction
and despite his troubles, Blue Rose Code was formed and soon started to get rave reviews for early
live performances. Through 2009 and 2010 Blue Rose Code shared the stage with many celebrated
writers including Bert Jansch, Kris Drever, King Creosote, John Renbourn and James Yorkston. Unable
to shake off his addictions, Ross gave up playing music altogether until sobriety and redemption
came unexpectedly, in Brooklyn, NY. Having been persuaded by friends to once again pick up his
guitar, Ross played to small but rapt audiences in Williamsburg before returning to the UK where
Blue Rose Code has since enjoyed a steady snowballing of new fans and momentum.
In early 2012, now healthy and with a stunning batch of new songs, Ross was encouraged by his
publishers Ho-Hum Music to record a debut album. Blue Rose Code were then chosen by hipster
clothing brand Aubin & Wills as the subject of a documentary ‘The Modern Craftsman’ about the
recording of his debut ‘North Ten’ in Somerset and a recent promo film for the brand featuring Alex
James (Blur) aired online soundtracked by Blue Rose Code.  Reveal Records MD Tom Rose saw a
brilliant Blue Rose Code gig in an intimate Nottingham venue and instantly offered to work with Blue
Rose Code.
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