Innes Watson was steeped in music from an early age. He developed an ear for traditional and folk music of Scotland and Ireland whilst gaining skills in technique and sight reading from classical training on violin and guitar. He studied at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Plockton, gaining further knowledge in the tradition and in Gaelic music of the Highlands and Islands. He went on to gain a BA in Scottish Music at the university formerly known as the "Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama". From there he entered directly into a career in music performance and tuition.
Racking up appearances at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wickham Festival, Belgium Schotts Weekend, Rudolstadt World Music Festival. He appears on albums including Lori Watson's ":Three", Daniel Thorpe's "Curiosity Shop" (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010), Calum MacCrimmon's "Man's Ruin", Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller's "In a Bleeze". He plays in several bands all touring and recording including Lori Watson and Rule of Three, Treacherous Orchestra, Man's Ruin, Boreas, Hamish Napier Quintet and the Maverick Angels. He has a few exciting new projects in the pipe line such as the Glasgow Guitar Colloquium - a cd of self-penned tunes performed at Celtic Connections 2011 as part of the New Voices series.
Innes has also been a great inspiration to young people, adult learners and anyone in between by teaching with Youth Music Initiative and at numerous summerschools, feisean and festivals including the Splore at Aberdeen International Youth Festival where he has also been composer in residence with Ceol Mor under orchestrator, teacher and composer Stephen Deazley.
BANDS: Treacherous Orchestra, Rule of Three, Hamish Napier Quintet, Man's Ruin, Maverick Angels, Glasgow Guitar Colloquium Boreas