David joins musical legends

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An accordion player who was introduced to the instrument 70 years ago by his father is to receive one of the highest accolades in the business.

Musician David Ross (80), who performs twice a week in Bearsden, will receive this year’s top award “for invaluable contribution to Scottish music” by the National Association of Accordion & Fiddle Clubs.

It’s the pinnacle of a career which has seen David travel the world with his beloved Shand Morina accordion - designed by legendary accordionist Jimmy Shand, who is a previous recipient of the honour.

David, who first dabbled with his dad’s melodium (a basic accordion) at the age of 9, has played across the UK, Norway, Germany and the USA. He even played a private concert for Christopher Lee and friends in a bedroom at the luxury Turnberry Hotel after a personal request from the Hammer Horror actor.

David said: “I’ve had so many highlights but this award must be the biggest honour that I’ve had.

“I’m a founder member of the association and the only founding gentleman left.

“My name came up at the committee and I was surprised, although I have been playing for a long time.

“I’m lucky in that I’ve been everywhere that I want to go and have very little left that I want to achieve.

“I have had so many amazing experiences - none of which would have been possible if I hadn’t played music.”

As well as his skills as a musician and composer, he is also a prominent dance band leader, and plays a supporting role with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. In this role he is instrumental in helping out at classes and demonstration groups both at home and abroad.

The talented musician is also much appraised for his dedication to training and encouragement of young musicians.

A presentation will be made to David at a Scottish Country Dance Society AGM, where they will honour his achievement in Perth on June 28.

He said: “I’ve hardly missed a single AGM since the association started. There’s around 70 or so societies and there’s usually about 150 people there - you always get a wee tune.”