The musicians playing for the Spring Fringe classes this year will be Ian Muir (Prestwick)and John Carmichael (Glasgow) on Saturday and Alan Ross (Falkirk) on Sunday. All three are well known and popular with dancers from Glasgow and further afield and we look forward to welcoming them to the Fringe.
John is one of the best known and popular band leader/entertainers in Scotland today with many recordings to his credit. John has produced, presented and played on Television, Radio and in theatres all over the world. He was the Accordion and Fiddle Association of Scotland’s guest of honour in 2004 and he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Former Scottish Accordion champion, John plays regularly for the Queen at Balmoral Castle and has toured with many of Scotland’s top artists Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart, Kenneth McKellar, Calum Kennedy and others.
He has adjudicated on many occasions at the All Scotland Accordion Championship as well as the National Mod and the Musselburgh Festival.
Ian is based in Prestwick and has been involved in playing for Scottish dancing in all its forms for the past 40 years. Scottish Country Dancing, Ceilidh and Old Time dancing have been the mainstay of his long career in music. As well as playing for dancing, he has performed solo in Scottish Variety theatres throughout the country. He formed his own Scottish Dance Band in 1984 and has been a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ programme not only as a bandleader but for 2 summer seasons as the programme’s presenter.
He combines playing duties with his tutorial role as principal accordion tutor in the Scottish Music Department at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a post he has now held for 21 years.
Alan comes from Falkirk. He has played for Scottish Country Dancing since he was 13, joined the Lothian Scottish Dance Band at 16 and made his first broadcasts on BBC and local radio stations shortly thereafter as well as having several recording credits.Alan has performed all over the world and after forming his own Band in 1997, is much in demand for playing dances both as a band and as a solo musician. He has also been regularly invited to play at RSCDS Summer School at St Andrews. He played for the original Drewry Days of Dance in Stirling with John Drewry and is very appreciative of the opportunities he had in his early career to regularly work with, and learn from, some of the great teachers and devisors including John, Derek Haynes and many others. Alan also plays regularly for classes including local weekly general, and monthly technique classes.
Away from playing Alan has had a career in the public sector and works for the Scottish Government in Glasgow. His other interest include photography, ballroom dancing, the theatre and travel. Alan enjoys playing and meeting people and his belief is to always remember that your audience is who you are playing for, and to give them a good nights dancing!