Ainsley is an experienced songwriter, singer and step dancer, and is one of the UK’s leading and most diverse folk singers, with various nominations at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, to representing Scotland at Eurovision Choir of the Year in Gothenburg.
Ainsley was named as a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist in 2014/15, and recently nominated for Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. She has appeared at folk festivals such as The Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and Celtic Connections since 2010, along with many others in Britain and abroad with Barluath, The Unusual Suspects and Fourth Moon.
Ainsley has recently released EP ‘Belle of the Ball’, comprising of her own material inspired by her home in Scotland and Scottish Gaelic Songs. She is set to record a feature album with BBC composer Malcolm Lindsay in early 2020 after a successful commission where the two worked to create new music inspired by the surroundings and people of Glasgow / Govan, Scotland.
Hailing from Cardross, she has been involved in singing, dancing and performance from a young age, and specialises in songwriting and songs in Scottish Gaelic and English.
Ainsley’s love of Gaelic song was nurtured whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she obtained a First Class Honour’s Degree in Scottish Music, with Gaelic Song as her Principal Study, under the tuition of Kenna Campbell and Màiri MacInnes. There she met her fellow band mates, and Barluath was formed. The band has recorded two studio albums, ‘Source’, ‘At Dawn of Day’ and various single releases including ‘Touch the Gate’ and ‘At the Fair’, along with touring extensively in Britain and abroad.
In October 2013, Ainsley won The Silver Pendant at The Royal National Mòd, held in Paisley. She is part of the Alba Eurovision Choir and Atomaig Piseag.