Donny began playing piano as a young boy in Nova Scotia, accompanying his father who played fiddle and button box. His exposure to all the old reels, jigs, and strathspeys admittedly with a “maritime” flavour, would stand him in good stead later in life.
His school years found him playing guitar for several local Rock and R&B bands before being lured away in 1966 to play bass with Stan Hamilton’s Flying Scotsmen. It was there he met his life long friend Bobby Brown. With Bobby’s help, Don honed his piano skills in the “Scottish” style and went on to become the original pianist for the Scottish Accent when the band was formed in the mid 1970s. He continues to play both piano and bass with the band across Canada and the United States.
Over the years, Don has made several recordings with the Scottish Accent as well as fiddlers Alasdair Fraser, Graham Townsend and Rudy Meeks. He also toured and recorded with Bobby’s fiddle group The Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers.
From time to time, Don has made brief sojourns into blues, country, rock, folk and most recently gospel music but he is never far away from his Scottish musical roots. He is currently a member of the maritime folk trio “End of the Road” and gospel group “E H Gospel Sound” in addition to the Scottish Accent.
Don says he will continue playing “till the lights go out”.
Laird's early years in Toronto were rich in Celtic culture, dancing and music. Growing up he had many interests in the arts and pursued a wide variety of options in theatre and music, including Country dancing and Highland. In 1992 Laird played with the band for the first time, as a last minute substitute for a 2nd accordionist. And before long Laird had permanently joined The Scottish Accent band, playing with his Dad, Bobby. Laird assisted Bobby in the everyday running of the band and also acted as co-producer on their CDs. Laird has taken an active role in playing lead for RSCDS classes at workshops across Canada and the U.S. and he is very proud to be a part of the country dance community. Most recently Laird recorded his debut CD as a lead player, with the Scottish Accent band. Laird’s role has changed since the passing of his father. He has now taken over the day to day duties of the Scottish Accent and would like to thank the R.S.C.D.S community for all their love and support. Along with his Scottish Country Dancing gigs, Laird also enjoys playing for Weddings and Ceilidhs.
Warren began playing drums at age seven and progressed to guitar and vocals at age ten. He started his journey in to Celtic music in 1987 after being recruited by his High School music teacher, (Kathy Fraser-Collins). Warren would join the "The Scottish Accent Band” and has been enjoying the idiom ever since. In addition to performing with” Scotch Mist”, playing Scottish Country Dances, Ceilidhs and Weddings, Warren plays regularly in the Toronto area in an acoustic duo called The Odd Couple and The Chameleons, who are a rock band