– Ross Wilson of Blue Rose Code
The Ballad of Peckham Rye is full of surprising musical twists, but also twirls of poetic simplicity. Its name is rather fitting too: the title of a novel by Muriel Spark, concerning a troublesome Scottish migrant who moves to London and wreaks havoc. Edinburgh-born Wilson has been in London for many years, but his Scottish burr still warms the vocals on all his songs. He’s an alcoholic and an addict with a self-confessed ‘self-destructive streak‘.
It’s not always immediate in his songs, but they certainly burrow deeper under the skin than most. This is Wilson’s first tour accompanied by a band – a double bass and pedal steel – which sounds perfect for the small confines of The Basement.Alice Lawrence