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Sat. February 11th 2006 @  The Waverly Pub, Cumberland (No Minors)
$18 Advance/$20 Door
Don Ross
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Opening guest...Brooke Miller
The Waverly Pub, 2692 Dunsmuir Ave., Cumberland BC
Doors 7pm, Showtime 8pm
Tickets: $18 Advance / $20 Door
Tickets available at: Sound Advice, The Waverly Pub & the
High Tide Box Office @ or charge by phone 250-478-1888

“Nobody does what Don Ross does with an acoustic guitar. He takes the corners so fast
you think he's going to roll, but he never loses control.
Guitar players take note; the wizardry on these tracks will inspire the brave — and send
the faint of heart running for cover."

- Bruce Cockburn, 2003

One of today's true innovators of guitar composition and technique, Don Ross
has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top
guitarists in the world. In September 1996, he managed to do what no other player has
done: win the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for the second
time (he first won in 1988). The competition, held yearly in Winfield, Kansas, cannot be won
only with immaculate technique, but the player's music must also display a high degree of
emotion and intensity — hallmarks of Don's style.
The son of a Scottish immigrant father and a Mi'kmaq aboriginal mother, Don was born in
Montreal in 1960 into a musical family. He first started experimenting with the solo
possibilities of the acoustic guitar at the age of eight. By age ten he was playing in
alternate tunings and exploring "fingerstyle" technique, a right hand discipline similar to
classical guitar playing. Preferring to write original music and develop a personal style,
Don's self-taught journey on the instrument has encouraged him to follow his musical
intuition. The result is an unclassifiable musical style that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and
classical music. When asked, Don usually pigeonholes his music as "Heavy Wood"!


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Don Ross

Don Ross began playing guitar virtually by accident. There was always a lot of music around the house. Don’s dad is an operatically-trained singer. So, the Ross kids heard plenty of voice exercises around their Montreal home as well as classical music on the record player growing up (not to mention the occasional blast of the bagpipes when Don... more info
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