Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell
Linsey Aitken - cello, vocals, recorders
Ken Campbell - vocals, guitar, laud, Northumbrian pipes
"Wonderful, your music truly unites people, fantastic ambassadors for Scotland, and very talented musicians. What wonderful songs and music you've composed." (City Days Festival, Russia 2010)
"A simply beautiful sound, each song an absolute gem" (Maverick)
"Distinctive vocals and original songs, a smattering of trad.arr - distinctive flavours of 'cello." (R2 [Rock & Reel magazine])
"Absolutely gorgeous songs, see them live and enjoy an evening of great songs and music." (Amazon.co uk review)
"A welcome showcase of extraordinary varied talents, strong yet sensitive singing, collected gems from old sources, and a canny ear for current songs from Scotland." (Folk Roots)
Scottish singer/songwriter with a well established pedigree over 25 years, with five albums to date, festivals, concerts, TV and radio throughout Europe and beyond. Starting with Glasgow band 'Molendinar, in 1980 Ken and Chris Miller performed at Lorient lnterceltic Festival in France.
Arfolk, the same label that the 'Battlefield Band' recorded their first album with in similar circumstances, offered Chris and Ken a contract as a duo. Immediately offered gigs round the UK, they sent a demo to Topic Records in London and in 1981 'The Pipers Maggot' was released contemporarily with Dick Gaughan's classic album 'Handful of Earth'. Ken and Chris, then joined by Alasdair Robertson, called the new trio 'The ldeal Band' after Scotland's famous 'Bob Smith's Ideal Band' of the 1930's.
Through the 1980's 'The Ideal Band' along with 'Battlefield Band', 'Ossian', 'Tannahill Weavers' and others had a huge impact on the perception of Scottish Music." - Living Tradition
In 1984 'A Measure of Freedom' was released by Lismor Recordings, and a lot more festivals and touring followed. Ken subsequently toured with Cauld Wind Piper Hamish Moore, recorded two solo albums ["Going Solo" - Fellside & "Hand Pict" - Watercolour] whilst also working with cellist, singer, Wendy Weatherby, Stevie Lawrence [Rallion/Red Hot Chilli Pipers/Iron Horse] and Blair Cowan [Lloyd Cole & the Commotions].
He subsequently performed alongside Hamish Moore and Mairi Campbell in Barga Italy in 2008, and in 2009 got the 'The ldeal Band' on the road again with multi instrumentalist Gavin Paterson and a wealth of new songs. An album was released on Fellside. In spring 2010 Linsey Aitken on cello and vocals joined The Ideal Band, and subseqently she and Ken commenced touring as a duo, with a new CD due for release in 2013.
A highly regarded unique musician, cellist and vocalist who crosses genres from classical to folk. Trained on cello and piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), and subsequently classical singing, Linsey has performed professionally all over the UK from the Royal Albert Hall to the sands of Calgary Bay in Mull.
Collaborating regularly with composer Alan Craig and flautist/composer Louise Burnet, member of classical trio "Trois Femmes" and various quartets, she has taught orchestral/performance studies and degree students at Edinburgh University, teaches Kodaly singing methodology and specialises in working with young musicians from 3 years right through to students entering RSAMD.
As a founding member of folk band "The Cross Border Band" Linsey played and sang her way round Scotland, the Edinburgh Festival and other International festivals before joining the Ideal Band and subsequently touring with Ken Campbell as a duo.
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