“They’re surely one of the greatest live acts around right now so if you get a chance to see them in any of their many guises do yourself a favour and go.” Americana UK
A nomad, both geographically and musically, songwriter Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code writes straight from – and to – the heart. His songs address universal themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future in a deeply personal way. They are variously painted with the vibrant colours of folk, Americana, jazz, country, soul, pop and, increasingly, celtic traditions; an eclecticism that has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits amongst others.
His latest, and long-awaited, album With Healings Of The Deepest Kind was released in July 2020. Self-produced for the first time, and taking his emotional honesty to new levels, it’s the most fully realised rendition of his singular vision to date.
Collectively, Blue Rose Code’s four previous albums have featured such luminaries as Ewan McGregor, Danny Thompson, Nashville gospel legends The McCrary Sisters, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis and Beth Nielsen Chapman. The Water Of Leith, released in October 2017, was named by The Skinny magazine as their Scottish Album Of The Year. It was also nominated for both the SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) award and SAMA (Scottish Alternative Music Award).
Recent live highlights include the Scottish leg of BBC Radio’s The Biggest Weekend; opening as special guests for Deacon Blue on the To Be Here Someday tour; a sold-out tour of Ireland with Eddi Reader and a very special show in Perth for Southern Fried festival with a 60-strong community choir. Blue Rose Code presents Caledonian Soul, an all-star revue created and curated by Ross has sold out major shows at both Celtic Connections (City Halls) and the Edinburgh Fringe (Queens Hall) in 2019 and in London. His set at this year’s online Celtic Connections was undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of the entire festival.
As Blue Rose Code, Ross performs solo and in everything from a stripped-down trio to his core five-piece band right up to a ten-piece soul jazz ensemble and relishes tailoring his lineup and repertoire to suit particular events or venues. Whatever the format, a Blue Rose Code show is always an unforgettable and truly uplifting experience.