TAMWORTH’S very own piano man was destined to be a mechanic before blindness instead led him to the world of music.
Ross McGregor was just seven-years-old when he started going blind.
“Dad had a motor repair shop and had an engine for me to work on when I was seven,” Mr McGregor said.
“If I hadn’t have gone blind I would have gone to a normal school.”
But by the time he was eight, he was totally blind and sent to the School for Blind Children at Wahroonga in Sydney.
It was there that he began his love affair with music, first learning to play the piano from braille music before teaching himself to play from listening to music.
Mr McGregor became a professional musician when he left school and opened a recording studio in Sydney four years later in 1972.
He engineered and produced more than 300 albums by the time he sold up and moved to Tamworth.
Mr McGregor has a recording studio at his Tamworth home and continues to work as a professional musician and songwriter.
“I love entertaining people, getting a reaction out of people,” he said.
“Music is something you can do for other people. In the blind community, there’s a 70 per cent unemployment rate, I’m lucky I have music.”
Mr McGregor will help spread Christmas cheer this year by playing at the popular Warwick Road in South Tamworth, so those admiring the lights can sing along to carols on Thursday and Friday nights from 7pm.