Raglan Road Irish Pub Fiddler Among BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Top Young Traditional Musicians’

If you’ve been to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs, chances are good that you’ve seen fiddler Cameron Ross.  Now he is wowing judges for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award.

He has done so well, he will compete in January 2019 with five other finalists in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician contest in Scotland.

Ross is a regular performer with the Raglan Roots Coalition on the Raglan Road stages, where he charms and entertains pub guests with his broad smile and musical talents.

Cameron Ross ©Raglan Road

“It’s absolutely a huge honor – I didn’t expect to get into the finals because the standard has always been extremely high,” says Ross, who returns to Scotland Jan. 25-27 for the finals to be held at the Celtic Connections Festival.  Ross will compete against vocalists and musicians who play fiddle, bagpipes, guitar and flute.

Born in Edinburgh and raised  in Stonehaven, Scotland, Ross says that Scottish traditional music has always been a focus of his life.  He began music classes as a 3-year-old and started playing violin at age 7. He has studied music at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and East Tennessee State University. Ross composes pieces focusing on traditional styles as well as more contemporary music. He has toured with many artists including The Paul McKenna Band (which has performed in Epcot’s UK pavilion) and Phil Cunningham. Plus he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne!

In addition to playing fiddle, Ross is skilled at playing guitar, mandolin and percussion.  He often wears his kilt, he says, because “it’s a very important part of my heritage, and it’s always worn for formal events in Scotland or when you go to another country.”  Ross says the kilt works well for him during his Raglan Road gigs, as well, because it’s “very suited” to Orlando’s climate.

Stop by Raglan Road in Disney Springs to hear Ross play and wish him luck!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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