Robbie’s credentials evolved early
At age 14, he was playing guitar professionally and writing music at 15. Barely out of his teens, he landed a house gig with the Meg Walker Quartet at the legendary Oil Can Harry’s in Vancouver. During his tenure there he met some of the world’s greatest musicians including Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, and Gary Burton.
At the “Oil Can” he met another young guitar player, Pat Metheny (who has since garnered 20 Grammy awards). On Pat’s suggestion, Robbie attended Berklee College to study composition, but preferred performing and self-study over traditional schooling.
Robbie’s long-time teacher and mentor, guitar icon, Joe Pass, encouraged him to develop his song writing. Through his manager, Norman Granz – a key figure in the history of American music – Joe facilitated a deal with Norman’s label, Pablo Records, for Robbie’s first album (recorded at the renowned Mushroom Studios during its heyday of the 80’s).
Playing, writing and performing
Robbie's songs have been published by Warner/Chappell, Almo Irving (A&M) and BMG (Arista). His interest in writing for the acoustic guitar brought us the independent release, “Robbie Burns Returns”, with the popular single, “You’re an Angel … you don’t need to be an idol”. His latest releases include "Honeymoon Sweet", "Beetle in the Pine, “A Dream a Dollar”, “Candy From a Baby” and more.
As a musician, songwriter and guitar teacher, Robbie continues to share his compositions with listeners and his unique guitar styling with other guitar players. He thanks everyone for coming along on the ride as Robbie Burns Returns!