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Gary Innes

Award Winning Accordionist

The multi-talented Gary Innes is a Highland born accordionist and MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner. Gary has been performing and composing music for over two decades and is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish super-group Mànran, which has seen him perform to worldwide acclaim.

Adding another string to his bow, Gary began presenting the longest running radio show on BBC Radio Scotland, Take the Floor, which saw him take over from the legendary Dr Robbie Shepherd MBE. In 2020 he was also given his own show on a Sunday evening on BBC Radio Scotland called, Your Requests with Gary Innes’

Gary’s association with Erskine dates to 2015, when he created Scotland's first collaborative charity folk single with a piece of music he composed called 'Our Heroes'. The single was recorded to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1 Battle of Festubert by recording the very bagpipes that Lance Corporal Donald Patterson fell playing, with all proceeds being donated to Erskine.

“Growing up in Spean Bridge and going to the local primary school that sits under the watchful eyes of the Commando Monument has meant that I have always been acutely aware of the men and woman who fought for our country and the sacrifice that many have made. This awareness has only added to the honour of being asked to be an ambassador for this hugely important charity.”

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