Stuart took up the whistle in the early 1980s playing along to LPs by legendary Irish Group the Chieftains.
He cut his musical teeth on the Irish session scene, both here in Scotland and in the West of Ireland, having spent a very happy year learning and playing the polkas and slides of County Kerry – which he now plays on every conceivable shape and size of whistle!
Stuart is also known for his eclectic taste in music and he collects tunes wherever he goes. Numerous visits to Asturias and Galicia have resulted in many a tune from that area of Celtic Spain being added to the repertoire.
The seminal English folk band Blowzabella provided the inspiration for Stuart to take up the Northumbrian Half-Long Bagpipes in 2001 and these provide a unique flavour in the ceilidh mix.
In common with his friends in the band, Stuart has been contributing to the folk music scene on Arran for many years. He was previously involved in the organisation of the Arran Folk Festival and is a former chairman of the Folk Club.