"One of life’s great pleasures is witnessing the creation of something new.
So has it been with Barluath. I've had the pleasure of watching these talented players coming together as a band and sharing their individual fortes to create this unique ensemble.
They breathe new life into old songs and tunes and bring new compositions to the table with great flair and passion."
– Phil Cunningham
"Frankly, by the end of the night, Ainsley Hamill could have sung the Telephone Directory and would still have wooed her audience to join in."
– Living Tradition
Fronted by charismatic lead singer Ainsley Hamill the band Barluath (pronounced "Bar-LU-ah") is the essence of that wave of new, exciting Scottish folk bands, which in recent years has been irresistably moving forward. Barluath's trade mark is their diverse and innovative interpretations of Scottish, Irish and American musical tradition - old as well as contemporary - and their sound has a certain reminiscence og both Clannad and early versions of Runrig and Wolfstone.
The Glasgow-based band was formed when five students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland got together and found common musical ground. The band consists of:
Ainsley Hamill - Scottish/Gaelic song
Edward Seaman - pipes, whistles and bouzouki
Alistair Iain Paterson - piano and keyboard
Eilidh Firth - fiddle
Pablo Lafuente - guitar
Since their formation in 2010 Barluath have delighted manu audiences and they have a busy tour diary. In November 2011 they were invited to Washington DC as part of the Scottish Government's St. Andrews Day celebrations in the USA. Their trip culminated with performances at The National Museum of Women in the Arts and the British Embassy.
Barluath also won the prestigious Danny Kyle Open Stage award at Celtic Connections 2012 and followed it up with their own slots at the festival in both 2013 and 2014.
In 2012 Barluath released their first album, Source, to widespread critical acclaim. Their second second album, At Dawn of Day, was produced by Anna Massie and was released in early 2015.