Born at Burnt Head, Cupids, in Newfoundland, Rob grew up in outport towns where he was influenced by Irish accordion and Newfoundland music, but mostly by the Scottish accordion of the late Sir Jimmy Shand from whom he received recognition in 1998.
After teaching mathematics for two years in Newfoundland, Rob joined the regular armed forces and taught at the Radar and Communications School in Clinton, Ontario. In 1968, he joined St. Lawrence College as a mathematics professor and discovered the wealth of Scottish music and culture of Glengarry. He went on to obtain his Masters and Doctorate degrees through part-time studies and entered the musical scene by playing the accordion with Sylvester and the Clansmen.
Around 1971, Rob formed The Brigadoons and with them became popular throughout Glengarry and the area. As the popularity of the band grew, Rob became a familiar personage to all who loved Scottish music. The Brigadoons began performing at highland games locally and throughout Ontario and were in great demand at other Scottish programs throughout the rest of Canada, the United States and in more recent years, annual Caribbean cruises.
Rob composed the music for The Burning of St. Raphael’s and recently produced some solo albums. He has helped many local musicians gain prominence and enjoys and encourages new young Celtic talent. He still plays with the Brigadoons, enjoys performing solo for seniors and fund-raising events, but he also loves spending time with his five grandchildren.