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Strike a Chord

The West End Cultural Centre presents
An Evening with
Don Ross

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Doors 7:15pm | Show 8:00pm

Tickets: $22 advance | $27 door
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketfly, Music Trader and The Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store

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Don Ross

Guitar wizard Don Ross, noted for his use of extended technique performs at the West End Cultural Centre on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015. Don is the only person to twice win the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship (1988 and 1996).

Born into a musically rich home (Don’s dad is an operatically-trained singer), Don Ross began playing publicly in his hometown of Montreal at the age of 15. Inspired by the music of legendary Canadian singer/guitarist Bruce Cockburn, Don wrote his first strong instrumental tunes for solo guitar around this time.

Don eventually studied Music at Toronto’s York University.  After graduation in 1988, Don entered and won the U.S. 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.


After numerous releases for Duke Street, 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 USA for a second time in 1996. To this day, he is still the only player to have won the competition twice!

In 2010-2011 Don was hired as a Dalhousie University professor teaching history of guitar and techniques, while still travelling extensively for music. He did not renew his contract for the following year due to high demand for concert appearances around the world. A multi-instrumentalist, in addition to acoustic guitar Don also plays electric guitar, slide dobro and lapsteel guitar, voice, piano, keyboards, bass guitar and drums.

Don Ross website | musicCBC




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