November 28, 2021


The Square Tower

The Square Tower Broad Street Old Portsmouth Hants PO1 2JE

02392 382888

with special guests Fast Trains

“They’re surely one of the greatest live acts around right now, so if you get the chance to see them in any of their many guises, do yourself a favour and go!” (Americana UK)

Show Date: Sunday 28th November 2021

The Square Tower
Broad Street
Old Portsmouth

Doors Open: 7.15pm Show Starts: 7.45pm.

Tickets £15 each, £17 on the door (if not sold out).

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We’re thrilled to say that we have managed to secure the return of Ross Wilson and his magical three-piece Blue Rose Code to the historic Square Tower again – those of you may well remember their SOLD OUT performance in 2019 at the same venue, where Ross left the audience stunned with such a jaw-dropping performance. It was a special night by a special artist!

And special guest for the evening will be Fast Trains, the award winning solo project of Portsmouth-based songwriter and producer Tom Wells.

“An eclecticism that has become the hallmark of Blue Rose Code and seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits!”

A nomad, both geographically and musically, songwriter Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code writes straight from – and to – the heart. His songs address universal themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future in a deeply personal way. They are variously painted with the vibrant colours of folk, Americana, jazz, country, soul, pop and, increasingly, celtic traditions; an eclecticism that has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits amongst others.

“Healings is ravishingly beautiful, a burnished blaze of Caledonian Soul, muted jazz and poetic recitation – a bruised peach of a record!” (Uncut Magazine)

His latest, and long-awaited, album With Healings Of The Deepest Kind was released in July 2020. Self-produced for the first time, and taking his emotional honesty to new levels, it’s the most fully realised rendition of his singular vision to date. Reaction and reviews for the record have been overwhelmingly positive.

Recent live highlights include the Scottish leg of BBC Radio’s The Biggest Weekend; opening as special guests for Deacon Blue on the To Be Here Someday tour; a sold-out tour of Ireland with Eddi Reader and a very special show in Perth for Southern Fried festival with a 60-strong community choir. Blue Rose Code presents Caledonian Soul, an all-star revue created and curated by Ross has sold out major shows at both Celtic Connections (City Halls) and the Edinburgh Fringe (Queens Hall) in 2019 and in London. His set at this year’s online Celtic Connections was undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of the entire festival.

“Truly special and beautiful!” (Edith Bowman)

As Blue Rose Code, Ross performs solo and in everything from a stripped-down trio to his core five-piece band right up to a ten-piece soul jazz ensemble and relishes tailoring his lineup and repertoire to suit particular events or venues. Whatever the format, a Blue Rose Code show is always an unforgettable and truly uplifting experience.

“Ross’ songwriting and expressive performance are simply breathtaking. With Healings Of The Deepest Kind is an album classic!” (Louder Than War)


Fast Trains: “Brilliant! Take a listen to this!” (Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6)

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