From The Dark Island to The Flying Scotsman
It is just over 11 years since Brandon McPhee ventured his first notes on the button Box off his grandad’s Donald’s knee. A good listener and keen pupil, he was soon playing “The Dark Island” competently, a waltz which remains one of his favourites and globally most requested tunes.
Within a year of taking up the Button Accordion Brandon had begun his collection of competition trophies, beginning at the 2007 Caithness Music Festival and followed by a variety of junior, then senior national successes, culminating in winning the All Scotland Senior Traditional Accordion Solo Championship in 2014. Since then Brandon has focussed on developing his recording and stage-show career
A decade from his first few notes, Brandon has achieved phenomenal success both as a Champion Accordionist and Country Vocalist. He has a large and growing international following. Over 80,000 people have listened to “The Dark Island” on Youtube.com while “The Flying Scotsman” set has been viewed by over 36,000. A competition set (High Level Hornpipe, Jean’s Reel, President Garfield) has topped that with over 307,500 views and nearly 8,500 shares on Facebook (Dec. 2016)
Brandon has toured all over the UK and Ireland – leading not just one band, but two! The Brandon McPhee Scottish Band and The Brandon McPhee Country Band both feature highly regarded and successful musicians who have many years of experience in the music industry. It says a great deal that Brandon is surrounded by such talented (and dare one say, mature) artists.
Brandon has a growing catalogue of both Traditional Scottish and Country Music Albums (Pan Record label) which have sold in thousands. His cover of the Billy Ray Cyrus song “Stand” reached No.22 in the European Country Music Chart. He has had numerous TV appearances in Britain, Ireland and America and presents a weekly show, Caithness Music TV on Sky, Freesat and regionally on Freeview. He has performed privately for Prince Charles and at The Scottish Parliament.
A Flying Scotsman, you may think, but Brandon’s success has been well-earned. Such is his dedication he rehearses at least 5 hours daily (that’s over 200,000 hours of practice so far – and counting!) His goal – simply, to entertain and to be the best he can be.
For all of you who enjoyed the last video of this set of tunes, I hope you like this one. It Would mean a lot to me if you Shared this video. Thank you.Jeans Reel, High Level Hornpipe and President Garfield.
Posted by Brandon Mcphee on Wednesday, 20 May 2015
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