Blue Rose Code, aka acclaimed singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, released The Water Of Leith, his first album for Navigator Records, in autumn 2017.
Stand-out album track Ebb & Flow is described by Ross, “Above the entrance to the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art there is a neon sign that exclaims “Everything Is Going To Be Alright!”. The problem that I have with that is I wasted so long waiting for everything to be alright, waiting for something to happen but now, the truth as I see it is that everything is alright. A subtle but powerful difference. There is nothing wrong with right now, that’s what the song is about.”
A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross writes from the heart eschewing any particular style and the twelve new songs on The Water Of Leith, addressing themes of affection, loss, journey, home, accepting the past and embracing the longer term, are painted with colours of folk, jazz, soul and pop; an eclecticism that has turned out to be a trademark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him being compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.
Underlining the sense of motion and place in Ross’s work, 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, to name just a few of the contributors.
Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman features on the opening track Ross co-produced the album with Angus Lyon.