Russell Ballantine was born in the mining town of Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland in 1962 and was a relative latecomer to the guitar. However, Interest quickly became obsession and, within two years, he was playing in the local club bands around the area. He found himself drawn to American blues music and became a formative member of the blues band Bo’Weevil who were in existance for around 15 years. Bo’weevil did some work with Linn records which eventually resulted in an independent album release Scoundrel Blues.The album received excellent reviews from the music press.The band then toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe and were regulars on the main stage at the Cologne blues festival. Lots of fun was had. After Bo’weevil he concentrated on classical guitar playing completing an ABRSM performance diploma.He then joined the classical guitar trio, Terz, who were commissioned by Ralph Smith, a member of the Stuart Society, to produce a a historical perspective on the music created and inspired by the courts of the Stuart Monarchy.
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