This year we’re happy for the return of a long-time friend,
and welcome a new one, to play for the morning classes and the ball.
We’re delighted to see Ron Krug, again after a brief hiatus.
Ron continues a more than 30-year association with Scottish country dance music – having played for classes, workshops, examinations and tours throughout Canada and United States and with three Scottish bands. He has also composed music for specially designed dances. His first professional exposure to this music was to play for an examination conducted by Miss Milligan – the co-founder of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. He says that he has been afraid of playing Scottish music ever since! Ron was privileged to be associated with Ken Nattrass, until his recent passing and pays tribute to this fine musician. In the workshop classes, Ron brings to his music a great sense of fun and, with the benefit of his many years’ experience as a dancer, seems to know exactly how to choose the tunes that will inspire the class to put their best foot forward! He is delighted to be playing for his home Province at their weekend workshop!
He has played for workshops/ dances in Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Halifax, Victoria, Kenora, Toronto, Hamilton, New York, Pinewoods, Boston, Waterloo, Medicine Hat, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Langley as well as candidate classes and exams in Kingston, Waterloo and Portland.
It’s our good fortune to have Mary Ross joining Ron this year.
Scottish Heritage led to her keen interest in highland dance; starting at age five and then on to Scottish Country Dancing as an adult. She was smitten by the sound of the accordion and Scottish music after hearing performers touring North America with the “White Heather Shows”.
She is a member of the Van Isle Scottish Country Dancers and the RSCDS Vancouver Branch.
She has enjoyed providing music for Scottish Country Dances, Ceilidhs, workshops, youth weekends, and TAC summer schools in the Pacific Northwest, since 1991. She was honoured to be named the first recipient of the TAC Bobby Brown Memorial Scholarship for TAC Summer School 2015 held in Farmville, Virginia.
Other related music pursuits have been an elementary school teacher, accordion instructor, Feis Musician for Irish Dance competitions, accordionist for German Schuhplattler Dancers, an accompanist for a Scottish musician/comedian for 35 years, and she has accompanied the Victoria Police Chorus since 2000.