Ross is best known as a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Irish songs, and for his wide repertoire of American traditional and popular songs. He is at home in any situation from concert hall to library or school, from outdoor festival to senior center, both as a solo performer or with additional musicians or dancers.
With a degree in Music Education, Ross has years of experience working with children, and has developed many popular and time-tested school residency and workshop programs on a variety of engaging themes. In 2011 Ross was honored to receive the Sally Ordway Irvine award for excellence in arts education.
As a third-generation Swedish-American, Ross is inspired by his Scandinavian heritage, performing songs learned from his grandmother and from his own travels and study. His "adopted" cultures of Scotland and Ireland have also provided a rich resource of music and song.
Ross accompanies himself on guitar, dulcimer, button accordion and bodhran, the Irish goat-skin drum. He is happy to tailor a program to a sponsor's event, such as songs of immigration for museums and schools, Irish and Scottish songs for Celtic festivals, or Scandinavian singing games and dances for Midsummer or Christmas celebrations.
Ross's instrument building workshops are a special treat for children and families. His popular one-string dulcimer and dancing limberjack building workshops are time-tested and always lead to successful completion and an instrument that will last for years. These workshops are appealing for mixed age groups and have been a great success in schools, festivals, camps and churches.
Ross's work is featured on the recordings Walking on Air, Up the Raw, Crossing the Shannon, Hunger No More, Songs By Heart, Over the Water, Ye Banks and Braes, and on his highly popular children's recording, Mama Will You Buy Me a Banana?