Ally Forsyth is a traditional Scottish musician based in Glasgow. Having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he is now working with some of the most talented and in-demand musicians in the country.
Originally from a classical background, he started blurring the lines into a unique folk, blues and rock style. This led to Ally spending a his final year of school at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton.
In 2019, Ally was brought on board by Riverside Music College to curate and launch the Traditional Music branch of their HND performance course, lecturing in Music Business and 1st Instrument Piano.
He's also forged a career playing at some of the UK's most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Steinway Hall, London as well as gaining a nomination at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Ally's career expands to teaching young children and adults piano in Newton Mearns, coordinating the Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail and teaching at Gaitherin and Fèisean across the country.
In 2021 and as a product of lockdown, Ally released his debut EP, "The Longest Night". Playing all of the instruments, layering dozens of his vocals and writing much of the original music, the four tracks were brought to life by the careful ear of Scott Wood at Oak Ridge Studios.
In 2022, Ally embarked on a year-long, multi release project based around the cycle of seasons. The plan is to release an EP for each season, reflecting the movement, changes and impact each season has. Spring and Summer have been released and feature collaborations with a host of Scotlands best traditional musicians including Anna Massie and Josie Duncan. All tracks are recorded, mixed and produced by Ally, and are available for purchase here.
Read more about the project in the Traditional Music Forum blog here