Gordon formed his own Scottish Dance Band in 1989 and has since recorded each year for BBC Radio Scotland’s Take The Floor Programme. The band were invited to play at the prestigious 25 year celebration of the programme held held in Perth City Hall and performed alongside Jim Johnstone & John Ellis and his Highland band.They have also featured on Radio 2 ‘Jim MacLeod’s Scottish Dance Party’.
Gordon will readily admit that his philosophy remains the same today as it was at the Bands conception. The emphasis being very much on the band being a team effort, where every member of the band is encouraged to bring forward their ideas thus making innovative arrangements full of dynamics without losing the sense of tradition.Gordon very much appreciates that he is fortunate to have played alongside a string of top musicians over the years and the current line up is evidence of this. The current band musicians include;
Alison Smith on Fiddle, Gordon Smith on Drums, Jim Lindsay on 2nd Accordion,Duncan Findlay on Guitar/Banjo and the longest serving member of the band being Graham Berry on Keyboard.
This philosophy has served the band well bringing great popularity over the years with listeners and dancers a like, throughout Scotland and abroad. The Band have travelled far and wide playing in various countries including Canada,Spain and nearer home have often been invited as a guest band to appear at the Shetland Accordion and fiddle festival.One of the Band’s accolades was their success at the 2005 Traditional Music Awards held at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh when they gained the title of The Scottish Dance Band of the year award.
Gordon is also a prolific composer and his tunes have been recorded by a variety of musicians over the years both on Radio and on commercial recordings.A recent highlight for Gordon was when the BBC commissioned him to record a full session of Radio Scotland’s Take The Floor programme containing all of Gordon’s tunes. The Band are still active today and are equally at home playing at a village hall ceilidh, a wedding or a Country Dance Ball!