Born Ross Mänson McEwen in Inverness Scotland in September 1988 Ross started off performing as a singer in stage and music productions in the Highalnds of Scotland, which included a lead in a national theatre production which saw him and the cast perform to over 21,000 people over a 6 week period. He then played in Scottish Pipe Bands, which included competing in the world pipe band championships in 2004. Ross also toured as a percussionist in an 90 piece symphony orchestra in 2007/08 and included a performance in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance.
- Ross currently tours and records with the rock band ROADWAY regularly
Doogie White (Rainbow/Yngwie)
Brian McFie (The Big Dish/Mariann Faithful)
John Sinclair (Ozzy Osbourne/Uriah Heep/Spinal Tap)
Andy May (Mariann Faithful/Jack Bruce band)
Yvonne Marie Evans
The Blues Affair
Has performed/ toured/ (or guested) onstage with:
The Blues Affair
The Big Pink
Doogie White band (Rainbow/Yngwie)
Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders
Yvonne Marie Evans band
Derek St Holmes (Ted Nugent)
Has performed in: Scotland, England, United States of America,
Working with Ketimine Deco
From 2007-2010 Ross performed as guitarist/vocalist in Scottish rock band KETIMINE DECO, touring and recording with them over the 3 year period, the band shared concert bills with the likes of Wishbone Ash, Nazareth, The Quireboys, Jefferson Starship, Heaven's Basement, Twin Atlantic, Justin Currie and many more. The band broke up on the 26th November 2010 with a farewell concert in their home town of Inverness. The band were mid-way through completing a brand new EP of material at the time of the break up, if that EP will ever be finished remains to be seen.
(Ketimine Deco pictured after coming offstage from their farewell gig, Nov 2010)
Working with Doogie White
In 2009, aged just 20 years old, Ross was given the great opportunity and honour to record with former Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow vocalist Doogie White on a track to be used for the debut EP of a band Ross was putting together called ROADWAY. The resulting song was "This Is Why", written by Ross and recorded between Glasgow, Scotland and London, England in the summer of 2009.
Ross would work with Doogie again the following year except this time as lead guitarist for a line up of his solo band which would perform in Ross' native Highlands of Scotland. The shows were a raving success and the band played to a packed venue in Ross' hometown of Inverness.
Ross also took part in a special unplugged radio session which was filmed and is available to watch on youtube, (search Doogie White unplugged)
(Ross on stage in Scotland performing with Doogie White)
"Rainbow were such an important band for me growing up, literally the reason I began playing the guitar was because of Blackmore (and Clapton of course!). The Rainbow album "Rising" was the first LP I ever owned. To work with someone as talented as Doogie, who has such a great history and maintains a busy schedule and a top of the range (literally) voice is a joy and a real pleasure. An extremely talented guy, a good friend and a great singer". - Ross
Working with ROADWAY
When the break up of Ketimine Deco was on the cards Ross set about putting together his own rock band. This band would be slick, tight, have great riffs, a great work ethic and give a punchy performance everytime. Together with bassist and long time friend Iain Macleod they put together the band ROADWAY. The 6 piece rock band released their debut EP on 6th May 2011 and to date has sold physical copies to 14 countries world wide and digitally to many more. The EP features guest performances from former Rainbow vocalist Doogie White and ex-Ozzy Osbourne keyboard player John Sinclair. ROADWAY are Ross' main project and the one he spends the most time recording and touring.
please like the band's page at www.facebook.com/roadwaymusic
Music education is also something which is very important to Ross, after graduating with an honours degree in Commercial Music from the University of the West of Scotland in 2010, at the age of 21 he was then invited to join the Commercial Music teaching team by programme leader Allan Drumbreck. Since then, Ross has been a proud member of the Commercial Music teaching team, working out of the Universities' music campus in Ayr. As part of his responsibilities, not just classroom teaching but international work including running events in several European countries as well as the training of young tour managers on the course. “It’s a dream job, a fantastic team of people and a clear objective, be the best music course possible and do our best for the students always. Couldn’t ask for more.”
Ross’s Music Education:
2007 – Higher National Certificate in Music – Aberdeen College
2008 – Higher National Diploma in Music – James Watt College, Greenock
2010 – BA(Hons) Commercial Music, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr
2012 – PG Cert Teaching and Learning Higher Education – University of the West Of Scotland, Paisley (Currently Studying)
With regards to session work, I am available world wide for both touring and recording.
I have a home studio facility which uses Pro Tools to enable me to add guitar to sessions via file transfer from anywhere in the world. If you wish to contact me regarding guitar for your project, my availability, or any other information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.