Born a twin in Poole, Dorset in early 1974 to Northern Irish parents, Aaron has lived and worked in Scotland for most of his life. Although he currently reside in the beautiful Scottish Borders, he spend much of his year touring in the USA and throughout the UK and Europe. He has recorded on countless traditional albums and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows worldwide as he continues to work regularly with some of the biggest names in 'folk' music. Aaron is a permanent member of two bands. Old Blind Dogs were voted Band of the Year in 2004 and 2007 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and won the IAP 'Folk Album of the Year' for their CD 'Four on the Floor'. Their latest release, on Nashville's Compass Records label and titled 'Wherever Yet May Be' was shortlisted for the same award.
Litha are a fantastic collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Claire Mann and award winning German duo Deitsch. 2012 saw them release ‘Dancing of the Light’, the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut 'Until The Cows Come Home'. Apart from Litha and Old Blind Dogs, Aaron is currently touring with Kate Rusby and the Irish band Teada (featuring Seamus Begley). He was the official accompanist for the BBC Young Traditional Scottish Musician of the Year Awards for several years and in 2005, Aaron was voted 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
He is a passionate and involved member of the Scotland and Northern Ireland Musicians Union. Previously a committee member of the national ‘Folk Roots and Traditional Music’ section he more recently returned to the committee of his regional section where he takes an active roll in union issues, continuing to strive for better work and conditions for musicians right across the genres.