Colin, born and raised near Winchester, England in a predominantly Scottish community, was exposed to the culture and heritage that would shape his career. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, and a gifted musician himself, Colin’s father was an early influence on his musical career.
Colin served his apprenticeship as a welder, but soon left his trade for life on the road, playing the folk circuits of Great Britain and Europe. He worked both as a solo artist and as a member of the highly acclaimed folk group, The Ozark Mountain Boys.
Colin immersed himself in his Scottish heritage when he moved to Oban, on West Coast Scotland, in the early seventies. Where for next 15 years he performed and promoted Celtic and Country music shows at the Great Western Hotel. Also he worked with local area musicians and toured throughout Scotland, the Hebrides & Orkney Islands, Scandinavia, and America.