Ainsley Hamill, 23, has been the lead singer of Scottish folk band Barluath for the past four years and the band are currently performing some new material before heading into the studio in October to record their second album.

The six-piece band are performing at The Tower, digital performing arts centre, in Helensburgh tomorrow, August 1.

Barluath are a Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, which embraces both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland, and the US.

The band consists of six young musicians who met whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has a line-up comprising Scots and Gaelic song, fiddle, whistles, guitar, highland and border bagpipes, bouzouki, guitar and piano/keyboards.

Former Hermitage Academy pupil Ainsley, is looking forward to performing to her home crowd.

She told the Advertiser: “We are trying to drum up support for our second album. Our first, Source, was released in 2012 and we are hoping the second album will be just as successful.

“We performed in the Victoria Halls in December last year, and the response was really good so we are looking for people to come along and get behind what we are doing.

“Some of the stuff we perform at The Tower will feature new music which gives us a way of trying it out before we record it on our album.

“We will perform Am Bròn Binn which is the oldest Gaelic song in existence and it will be quite exciting to see how that goes down.” Ainsley graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), obtaining a first-class honours degree in Scottish Music, with Gaelic Song as her principle study last year.

She was also awarded The Keepers of the Quaich Scholarship by the RCS that has allowed her to pursue her love of the Gaelic language by doing distance-learning with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands.

The band – Eilidh Firth, fiddle; Luc McNally, guitar; Eddie Seaman, whistles, pipes and bouzouki; Colin Greeves, whistles, pipes and clarinet; and Alistair Iain Paterson, piano, keyboard and harmonium – were invited to Washington DC as part of the Scottish Government’s St. Andrews Day celebrations in 2011 culminating in performances at The National Museum of Women in the Arts and the British Embassy, so they are no strangers to performing.

The show will open with local talent from Ryan Young from Cardross on fiddle and Leo Forde on guitar before Barluath perform.

The show starts at 7pm and doors open at 6.30pm and tickets are available from