Scotland on Sunday
I have lived and worked in Scotland for nearly thirty years and although I currently reside near Moffat in the beautiful Scottish Borders, I spend much of my year touring all over the World. On my new website I hope to keep you all updated with my news and let you know about forthcoming concerts and projects. Thanks for visiting - feel free to browse and of course, drop me an email.
Since I became a professional musician I have been lucky enough to record on over seventy albums as I continue to work regularly with some of the biggest names in traditional music both as a performer and, more recently as a producer.
I am a permanent member of two bands. Old Blind Dogs (www.oldblinddogs.co.uk) who were voted Band of the Year in 2004 and 2007 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and won the IAP 'Folk Album of the Year' for their CD 'Four on the Floor'. Their latest release, on Nashville's Compass Records label and titled 'Wherever Yet May Be' was shortlisted for the same award.
I'm also a part of a Scottish/German collaboration called Litha (www.lithamusic.com) along with multi-instrumentalist and partner Claire Mann and the award winning German duo 'Deitsch'. 2012 saw us release ‘Dancing of the Light’, the follow up to our critically acclaimed debut 'Until The Cows Come Home'.
I am also currently a member of the fantastic Kate Rusby Band. As well as touring regularly with Kate, I guested on her recent album '20' which featured a host of incredible musicians including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Richard Thompson, Dick Gaughan, Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Chris Thile, Paul Brady, Paul Weller, Nic Jones and the fabulous Sarah Jarosz.
As well as being an official accompanist for the BBC Young Traditional Scottish Musician of the Year Awards for several years, I was over the moon to be voted 'Instrumentalist of the Year' in a public vote at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards.
I am a passionate and involved member of the Scotland and Northern Ireland Musicians Union. Previously a committee member of the national ‘Folk Roots and Traditional Music’ section, I more recently returned to the committee of my regional section where I take an active roll in union issues and continue to strive for better work and conditions for musicians right across the genres.