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About Don Ross:

In 1988, Don Ross won the US National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. This earned him a fair amount of media attention back home in Canada, and within days he was scouted to record for Toronto-based independent record label Duke Street Records. He recorded his debut for the label, Bearing Straight, which was released in 1989. Two more recordings for the label followed in1990, Don Ross, and in 1993, Three Hands. Don then signed with Columbia/Sony and recorded three more CDs for that label: This Dragon Won’t Sleep in 1995, Wintertide in 1996 and Loaded, Leather. Moonroof. in 1997. In the meantime, Don won the Fingerstyle competition in the US for a second time in 1996. To this day, he is still the only player to have won the competition twice!


Don Ross


Be inspired by the strong instrumental tunes of Don Ross, a finger-picking guitar champion fascinated by the possibility of playing several lines at once: melody, middle voices and bass line.

Renewal can be the spark of inspiration for artists. It can be something as simple as discovering a new method of creating your art or reinventing a standard form or style that creates the necessary change. By the age of 10, Don was playing less with a pick and more with his fingers. He began playing publicly (and for money) in his hometown of Montreal at the age of 15. Around the same time he discovered the music of legendary Canadian singer/guitarist Bruce Cockburn. Don was amazed that such an insightful lyricist could also be a tremendous guitarist. The musical future seemed very bright indeed. He was inspired to write his first instrumental tune for solo guitar around this time.

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