Blue Rose Code, aka acclaimed singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, released his new album, The Water Of Leith on Navigator Records back in October. Today, the album is awarded the title of Scottish Album Of The Year by The Skinny.

At number 1, your pick for Scottish Album of 2017, is an album which feels like a personal and professional turning point for its creator – The Water of Leith by Blue Rose Code. “To have my album recognised in this way is a thrill and a privilege,” Wilson tells us of his win. The Water of Leith sees Ross Wilson shedding the past, embracing self-forgiveness and looking ahead to the future with his demons at bay and hope in his heart. “You would expect me to say this but I believe it to be true, TWOL is my strongest piece of work to date.” Wilson continues, “Moving home to Scotland and working with my good pal, Angus Lyon, to produce the album, I’ve never felt more confident, more emboldened to take risks and ask questions in the studio. We assembled a cast of Scotland’s finest singers and musicians and I want to thank everyone involved, from start to finish.”

“In the end, be it live performance or studio recording, at its finest, music is a spiritual transaction between audience and artist. I’m moved to have so many people believe in what we do and everyone is welcome to come along for the ride. We are inclusive, never exclusive.” Wilson concludes, “I’ll never be cool, I’ll never be good looking, I’ll never be rich, I know, but, Skinny readers, I am grateful.”

The Water of Leith is an ode to forgiveness, to letting go of the past and holding on to hope. It’s the culmination of Wilson’s life so far – an astonishingly accomplished, pure and sincere record celebrating his next chapter, and your favourite Scottish album of the past year.

Blue Rose Code has been touring the album extensively, with the UK tour dates continuing as below:

Nov 30 An Lanntair, Stornoway, UK

Dec 06 Full Moon, Cardiff, UK

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