Jarlath Henderson Trio
Two of the fieriest talents in contemporary Celtic piping, Scotland’s Ross Ainslie and Tyrone-born Jarlath Henderson first met back in 2003 at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh – the same year that Jarlath became the first uilleann piper to win the coveted BBC Young Folk Award, aged just 19, having already taken three All-Ireland titles. Ross, meanwhile, is a former star pupil of the late, great and groundbreaking Perthshire piper Gordon Duncan, also learning his craft in the elite ranks of the Grade 1 Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. After taking their time to hone and perfect their unique partnership of Scottish and Irish bagpipes, each also playing a variety of whistles, the pair exploded onto the scene with 2009’s stunning debut album, Partners in Crime.
In the aftermath of a late night session collaboration of their respective trio outfits, Ross and Jarlath have recently formed a big band line-up featuring guitarist Ali Hutton (Old Blind Dogs, Treacherous Orchestra) percussionist Fraser Stone (Old Blind Dogs, Treacherous Orchestra) Fiddler Adam Sutherland (Session A9, Treacherous Orchestra) and much sought after bassist Duncan Lyall (Boxclub, Treacherous Orchestra), combining a superbly executed, pan-Celtic array of traditional, contemporary and original tunes with powerhouse rhythm work.