Hailing from Cardross, On the West coast of Scotland, she has been involved in singing, dancing and performance from a young age, and specialises in songwriting, Gaelic Song and English Song.
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, whilst touring extensively in Germany and Denmark with Barluath and other projects. Ainsley has also appeared with The Unusual Suspects and Fourth Moon.
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. In recent years, the band has recorded two studio albums, ‘Source’ and ‘At Dawn of Day’, 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 has also appeared in the final of the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal competition in 2014, and 2015.
Ainsley can be booked as part of a duo or trio for smaller venues or a bigger band (4/5 piece) for bigger venues and festivals.