Biography: Gordon Pattullo

Gordon Pattullo is one of the most renowned accordionists in Scotland. He is always in demand at Accordion & Fiddle clubs as Guest Artiste and has been voted the 2007 Guest Artist of the year. He is just as much at home playing solo at the clubs, as he is he's surrounded by the other top class musicians who join him in his Ceilidh Band. He has recorded over 20 albums and 2 DVDs and has a wealth of experience both in radio and television broadcasts.

At eleven years of age Gordon started music lessons with the Jim Marshall at the Dundee Accordion School of Music. He also had lessons from ex world champion, Louis Cabrelli and from John Huband.

Gordon had been playing for a couple of years when he entered his first competition. It was the Junior Scottish Traditional section at Perth - he was only thirteen years old - and he won it, competing against over sixty rivals! He has since won various other competitions including own composition.

In 1977, Jimmy Blue introduced Gordon to Andy Stewart. This led to a whole host of engagements - and the first was an eight - week tour of Canada and America . For the next ten years Gordon was involved in theatre shows almost every week.

Other famous names that Gordon has worked with include Moira Anderson, Kenneth McKellar, Dana, Lulu and George Himilton 1V. His biggest influence has been the late great Will Starr.

Gordon's first radio broadcast was in the 1970's – it was a series for the BBC produced by Ben Lyons. He has broadcast many times since then - on BBC Radio, Radio Forth and Radio Clyde. Television work includes The Jim McLeod Show, Andy's Party and Northern Nights (all for Grampian), Thingummyjig (STV) and several Hogmanay shows for all three Scottish Stations.

He is always in demand as a tutor of the accordion which includes being a lecturer in traditional music at Perth College for four years.

As well as his playing and teaching commitments Gordon also keeps busy with the restoration, repair and tuning of all types of accordions and melodeons. Over the last few years he has built up a client list that includes many well known players.

On Sunday 29th of June 2008 Gordon was made the Guest of Honour of the (NAAFC) at their Celebrity Luncheon in Perth and is now included in a list of names that goes back to the first recipient, Sir Jimmy Shand.

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