Ainsley Hamill – Belle of the Ball

EP Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

This debut outing as a solo artist sees Cardross singer Ainsley Hamill stretching out with just five songs on her first solo EP Belle of the Ball.  Already known for her work with Barluath, The Unusual Suspects and Fourth Moon, Hamill’s refreshingly soulful voice, a mixture of Julie Fowliss and Heather Small (if you can imagine that), is very much to the fore, backed by some well chosen accompanists, notably The Lost Boy’s Toby Shaer and The Willows’ Evan Carson.

Equally at home with traditional Gaelic material “Latha Dhomh’s Mi Buain a’ Choirce” and self penned originals “Runaways”, “The Green Woods Back Home” and the title song “Belle of the Ball”, Ainsley Hamill appears to have all the confidence and vocal assurance to find her own niche in this ever expanding genre. Belle of the Ball provides a taster of what’s to come when she releases her debut album due for release in 2020.

Choice Track: “Belle of the Ball” (NSV 490)