Patrons: Janis Kelly & Jamie MacDougall

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Gie it Laldy

Seven things you might not expect a Scottish singer to say – Ross McInroy, Bass…

Ross McInroy, Bass

1 – My first principal stage role involved rapping as Tyrone in the musical Fame for an amateur musical society in Arbroath.
2 – I’m also a keen tap dancer…as a child I wanted to be Fred Astaire and marry Ginger Rodgers!
3 – On one of my first dates with Laura (my now wife and founding member of evermair) we went roller blading…
4 – I sang backing vocals for Christina Aguileara for the MTV music awards in Edinburgh. So did Laura & Marie Claire.
5 – In 1995 I won a summer swimming scholarship to Eton College, London, where I was coached by Olympic gold medalist David Wilkie and met the legend that is Kriss Akabussi.
6 – I am slightly obsessed with Minis (the original car design). As a teenager I amassed a collection of models and since passing my driving test have owned three. I still have my first car, a British racing green Mini Cooper, and a 1972 Mini 1000 which was used to display the table plan for our wedding last year.
7 – I love, love, love Nutella!

Honorary Patrons

We’re fortunate to have two distinguished patrons, Janis Kelly & Jamie MacDougall. Read more below…

Highly regarded exponents of classical music and Scots Song, Janis Kelly and Jamie MacDougall have gifted their support and guidance to evermair. We’re grateful for their endorsements below and look forward to working with them over the coming years.


Janis Kelly studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in her native Glasgow‚ at the Royal College of Music in London and with Elisabeth Grummer in Paris. Her professional career began starring on weekly BBC and ITV Scottish programmes, including Songs of Scotland, and she has gone on to perform extensively for companies including Opera North, English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. An experienced recitalist, she has sung at The Purcell Room, the Grand Theatre, Geneva, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and for BBC Radio. Her performances of Schumann, Britten and Ravel settings of Robert Burns poems at the Highlands Festival with Julius Drake, have attracted particular praise.

On evermair: ‘I’ve worked with some of these singers for several years and am thrilled they’ve embarked on this venture and committed to singing the repertoire that I love. Very best of luck to them all.’


jamie_02Born in Glasgow, Jamie MacDougall has established himself as one of the country’s most versatile singers and performers. Since 2001 he has been the nation’s voice of classical music for BBC Radio Scotland, presents regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is the face for BBC Scotland’s Proms in the Park. On the concert platform Jamie has worked with some of the world’s top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras, and has toured his one man tribute show on Kenneth McKellar to critical acclaim. As a recitalist he has collaborated with Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Ian Burnside and Julius Drake and his extensive discography of over 45 titles covers baroque and classical, German, Scottish and English song as well as 20th century music.

On evermair: ‘Having sung and recorded Scots Song all over the world, it is refreshing to see the repertoire championed by this new ensemble. I’m delighted to endorse the group and wish them every success.’

East meets West

From Saltcoats to Arbroath via Glasgow and the capital, explore our journey across Scotland below…

We all met at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) but there is something else connecting us. A journey between our birthplaces. A journey where East meets West.

With deep associations to our Scottish roots, we originate from towns and cities spanning the Scottish Lowlands from coast to coast. Via footpath and canal, across areas of outstanding natural beauty, chart our 130 mile journey below:

– Starting at harbour town Saltcoats (birthplace of soprano Marie Claire Breen), take the Ayrshire Coastal Path northbound.

– Join the Forth and Clyde Canal eastbound via vibrant Glasgow (birthplace of mezzo-soprano Laura Kelly-McInroy).

– At the Falkirk Wheel take the Union Canal eastbound to historic Edinburgh (birthplace of tenor Warren Gillespie).

– Lastly, join the Fife Coastal Path northbound from the Forth Estuary to fishing port Arbroath (birthplace of bass Ross McInroy).

To learn more about the stunning scenery along the way please click on the links above or take a look at Scotland’s Great Trails or Visit Scotland for further information.