Biography

Ailsa writes contemporary folk music characterised by simple production, heartfelt lyrics and beautiful harmonies. Ailsa also writes lyrics and provides vocals for EDM. She has three commercial singles released on record labels Neuroscience (UK), Macarize (Sweden) and Grammermusic (Netherlands). 

“Her deep Soulful voice was the stand out element of my song, in fact our collaboration “Let It Go” has been one of my best selling tracks of 2015, and one of my listener’s picks of the year. It wouldn’t have been so without her special touch”. Vitodito – A&R  Armada Music, Label Owner Encanta, Spain

Ailsa lives with her Chilean husband and two young sons near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. After taking time out to start her family, she is now returning to entertaining and to promote her latest album, “To Have and To Hold You”.

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Ailsa is the daughter of an English teacher and a Piano teacher. Growing up, she learned to play the saxophone, piano and then guitar. She was always happiest singing. Ailsa started busking and playing at beach parties while backpacking throughout Australia  in her early twenties. On returning to the UK, she commenced a successful career as an entertainer, playing in hotels, restaurants and bars throughout the country.

As a child, Ailsa won prizes for poetry and prose. She often penned lyrics but it was over a decade before she gained the confidence to play her original songs in public. She has self-published three albums to date and has a modest but loyal online following receiving around 800 streams and downloads, globally, per month.  Click here to listen. 

“She takes your breath away. Ailsa Villegas has a voice that makes you want to listen with a sense of awe and wonder, and beneath the voice are heartfelt lyrics about the things that matter to her. You cant help but feel that you are sharing something special”. Bob Bull, Stage Manager of Free Range Stage, Belladrum Music Festival

In 2012, Ailsa provided the soundtrack to wildlife photography DVD “Caledonia – Scotland’s Heart of Pine” by Peter Cairns.

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Together with Malina MacDonald and Michael John McGelligott, Ailsa was one third of acoustic trio “The Cask”. Ailsa has performed solo, and as as part of her band, at festivals and events, big and small, including Celtic Connections and Belladrum Festival.

Ailsa’s latest Album “To Have and To Hold You” is a collection of lullabies (original and covers) selected especially for her two boys Nico and Lucas.

“She sings like a hug”  Dave Elton – Sound engineer and Producer, UK

 


 

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