Robert Paterson is a Scottish contemporary musician and singer songwriter living and studying on Skye, at Sabhal Mor Ostaig. Studying Gaelic on the cursa comais. Prior to studying in Sleat Robert spent two years studying Traditional Scottish music at LCC Benbecula in the western isles. Whilst there Robert learned Pipes as first instrument and the skills to become full time musician.
A charismatic and engaging performer, his musical appearances include smaller acoustic venues to Scottish festivals both as a solo artist and as part of larger ensembles including Belladrum Music Festival, Knoydart Music Festival, Feis Rois 25 celebration at Eden court Inverness.
He is a keen songwriter and composer and has been influenced by traditional bands such as Breabach, John Martyn as well as more popular acts like Paulo Nutini. Robert’s own songs are inspired by life, his friends and environment and have been described as intimate and honest portrayals of his experiences.
As well as being a hard working, capable enthusiastic piper, Robert’s own compositions take a lot of inspiration from the playing and repertoire of Gordon Duncan. He enjoys trying to write tunes that are different to regular Scottish tunes, using different phrasings with the same Scottish edge.
A side from music he is a keen motorcyclist, from his vintage 1951 BSA Bantam to his modern Trials bike, any thing with two wheels basically. He regularly enjoys cups of tea from my collection of colourful teapots, mugs and funky teas.
Robert is working with Rona Lightfoot
Robert’s blog posts
I arrived at Rona from Sabhal Mor in Skye just before teatime. Once we’d finished the lovely meal we tucked into the songs. I went into these lessons with Rona with intention of learning songs connected and similar to pipe tunes. With Rona’s huge knowledge of pipe tunes and song we soon got stuck in to learning. These songs […]