From the Royal Burgh of Irvine, Stuart started out with a big drum set from Santa at 7 years old. Music came into his life from his parents eclectic collection. Bands like Thin Lizzy, Van Halen and The Police to Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Somerville were all part of his listening. Stuart eventually started learning his trade working out the beats to legendary bands like Led Zeppelin, ACDC and Level 42 as well as more modern bands like the Deftones and Incubus. Stuart’s natural groove and style has been part of his appeal for over 20 years.
Stuart is a versatile and experienced musician who plays with fantastic feel and instinct. A confident performer with great time and solid groove, Stuart can provide a hypnotic and tasteful back beat for a wide range of music. Stuart is a creative musician who can deliver in the studio and as a live performer having worked in various settings he is able to work confidently and with an instinctual feel.
He has been active on the Scottish and European music scene for over 20 years playing major music festivals like Celtic Connections for BBC Introducing, T in The Park, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Rockness, and Wickerman. As well as international festivals such as the Rotterdam Art Music Festival and Mestralia Festival
A busy educator with a passion for education he has experience teaching one to one, group lessons and in schools and colleges. Stuart has a purpose built teaching facility for Drum Tuition, if you would like to know more please use the contact page.
Recently Stuart has had the pleasure of supporting on stage Scottish folk icons Fiona Kennedy OBE and Ainsley Hamill as well as Scottish musical star James Muldoon.
Stuart has worked with various bands over the years and supported some great acts like, East 17, Girls Aloud, Jason Donovan, InMe, Fighting With Wire, Busted, Span, Kula Shaker, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Frightened Rabbit and Sucioperro plus many more including some top unsigned bands. Stuart was also the house drummer for the annual Miss Scotland event and has done various work for charity foundations such as Ronald McDonald and MacMillian Cancer Support.
Stuart was also the drummer for the house band on the BBC Hogmanay show led by Scottish folk legend Phil Cunningham MBE and featured with Roddy Hart and the Lonsome Fire. Having played live on radio, TV and featured on studio albums and singles Stuart has the insight and confidence to deliver when necessary.