A Graduate of RSAMD 2011, Ron has always had a passion for performing and teaching music. From a young age he made the best of the opportunities given to him and has been influenced by a range of fantastic musicians and teachers. While studying and living in Glasgow, Ron has had a number of experiences presented to him through the rich music scene available and is now an accomplished guitar, fiddle and piano player.
Born and brought up in the small, coastal village of Findochty in the North East of Scotland, Ron began fiddle and violin lessons from a young age in primary school. During his teenage years he then received tuition from Donald Barr (also a graduate of RSAMD) who influenced him greatly. It was during this time that he learned to play the piano. In his early years with Donald, Ron broadened his knowledge of Scottish fiddle music with the Strathspey fiddlers. Travelling with the group, he performed in many situations as a solo and group performer throughout the UK, Germany and Texas.
In his latter years of secondary school, Ron began receiving lessons from James Alexander where he started to gain even more experience in live performance. Ron found himself in higher demand for functions and events and subsequently formed a ceilidh band, Cruachan with his brother Raemond, and fellow fiddlers Jack Semdley & Barbara Anderson. To this day Cruachan are still together and play for weddings and ceilidhs all over Scotland.
Since moving to Glasgow to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Ron has come to appreciate a variety of styles & genres of music under Alistair McCulloch. Before long he found himself in high demand as a musician all over the central belt and has performed for a number of high profile individuals including; Sir Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Karen Gillan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Pippa Middleton and Ewan McGregor to name a few.
After graduating in 2011, Ron was 1 of only 8 finalists to be invited to the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Blair Castle, and when invited back in 2012, he received 3rd place. He was also invited to perform in the Highlands & Islands Fiddle Masters in Oban in March 2012. Later in 2012, Ron joined The Scott Wood Trio as a guitarist. The Trio (consisting of Scott Wood on pipes /whistles and Mhairi Mackinnon on fiddle) have played a number of the major festivals in Scotland such as Speyfest, Tiree Music Festival and The Scots Fiddle Festival to name a few as well as travels abroad.
In 2013, Ron became part of the Live Music Now Scotland scheme playing with accordionist Grant McFarlane and guitarist / singer Marianne Fraser. Going under the name of Aonach Mòr, the band highlights some of Scotland’s finest young talent, with each member bringing their own repertoire and influences to the band that showcases their individual musical heritage. Later that year, Ron was asked to play guitar in the backing band for the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland which has seen him tour Stornoway & South Uist as well as 7 shows in Switzerland as part of their Christmas Tattoo.
2014 saw the Scott Wood Trio develop in to The Scott Wood Band with the addition of Mark Scobbie on drum kit and Angus Tikka on bass. The band have had a very successful year of festivals and other performances accumulating in them being nominated for “Folk Band Of The Year” at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in December. In August 2014 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ron was one of the musicians for “This Is Ceilidh”, an alternative take on a traditional ceilidh including dancing, comedy and rapping and described as “Hogmanay on acid” by the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland. In October Ron was asked to perform as a soloist at the Shetland Accordion & Fiddle festival as well as doing a short tour of The Netherlands as part of an exchange with Live Music Now.