BLUE Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson, may not be universally known but if this sell-out show is anything to go by there should be more fame approaching.

The band is, essentially, Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, whose life experiences so far would seem sufficient to provide career-long material.

Blue Rose Code – named in reference to a scene in Twin Peaks – have been around in one form or another for more than a decade and here were on the Ten Years Grace Tour, ostensibly promoting the latest album.

Here Ross was playing acoustic guitar, ably assisted by Lyle Watt on electric guitar/mandolin and Gus Stirrat, electric bass, neither of who look the slightest bit rock’n’roll but can certainly play.

Together they create an interesting, often minimal sound as Wilson, especially in the first half, sometimes under-sings to the point of making every note important – and you can only do that with a rapt audience.

Thankfully, Wilson’s spiritual, intense, sincere, life-affirming view of things is infectious, with the crowd hanging on every uplifting word of his very personal songs. You could hear a pin drop.

At times like Van Morrison in a good groove, at others reminiscent of fellow Scot Gerry Cinnamon, Wilson – who doesn’t leave anything in the dressing room – also reminded me a little of Martyn Joseph’s powerful performances at times.

His particularly interesting back story shapes his material – in nutshell, he was raised in an Edinburgh high rise by his grandmother (referencing Trainspotting rather than the affluent city) moved to London, suffered from addictions as his career got going, lost his marriage and moved to Bournemouth for rehab, stayed four years and now lives in Liverpool.

Thus, there were lots of friends in the audience to see a set starting with the lovely Red Kites, written in Dorset, and it flew from there, with Love A Little preceding Julie, written for the woman who would go on to be his ex-wife.

A selection of Scottish West Coast tunes, including the sublime Sandaig, gave way to Rebecca, then a surprise – 16 members of Bournemouth-based Funky Little Choir rose from their seats to join the band for a version of Amazing Grace.

Part two continued in a similar vein, although livelier. The choir returned for the soulful Ebb & Flow, an emotional Wilson introduced (I Wish You) Peace In Your Heart with a lament about lost pandemic years, and the hometown song Edina segued into The Proclaimers’ Sunshine On Leith.

Wilson’s best story, about being turned down in his early years by an unnamed Midlands folk club because he ‘was not folk’, which then tried, unsuccessfully, to book him once he’s made his name, previewed (This Is Not A) Folk Song.

The from-the-heart, gospel-like Grateful, closed an excellent set.

And, as he said afterwards, “Loved tonight’s show. Lived down in Dorset for about four years and I miss the faces, miss the beach, miss the weather. Was such a privilege to be back in a room full of love.”