BIOGRAPHY Ross hails from an incredibly musical family in the Shetland Islands. He started fiddle lessons with Bernadette Porter at Brae School and the age of 8 before moving to Sound Primary School and later the Anderson High School in Lerwick where he received lessons from his mother, a renowned fiddle teacher, Margaret Robertson. Ross also received classical lessons for a few years from Alan Gifford at the Anderson High School and was learning the drums and guitar as well. During this time he won Shetland Young Traditional Fiddler of the Year.
After completing his studies in Shetland, Ross studied at Plockton Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music, the first Shetlander to do so. From there he went on to obtain a degree in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University. Through this time Ross played with many different groups, this included being a founding member of 'Bodega' alongside a group of his friends from Plockton. With Bodega he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, recorded two albums and toured Europe and America, where he went on to meet the Peatbog Faeries at Milwaukee Irish Festival. At a session on a rooftop bar, Ross was asked if he would like to do some work filling in for the two fiddle players of the Peatbog Faeries at the time – Adam Sutherland and Peter Tickell – before eventually being asked to play full time with the band as Adam and Peter pursued other ventures.
While studying at Newcastle, Ross also met flute and guitar extraordinaire Tom Oakes from Devon. They began their musical partnership playing together in a pub called the Egypt Cottage and from there have gone on to perform all over the UK, in Europe and Australia.
Now touring worldwide with the Peatbog Faeries, Tom Oakes and also working on some new projects, Ross is one of the busiest and most exciting young fiddle players around. For a chance to see him live check out the GIGS section at the top of the page and click on the link for tickets.