Chaz Stewart

From Milton of Campsie in Stirlingshire, at the bottom of the Campsie Hills, 10 miles from Glasgow, Chaz discovered electric guitar at about age 10. His early musical influences include Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and others. Later influences include, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson and his all time favourite musician, bassist, the late Jaco Pastorius,who played for Weather Report and people like Joni Mitchell.

Chaz moved to Glasgow in his late teens, played with many blues and rock bands over the years. He started to gain a reputation as a fine guitarist and steadily found work as a session musician. Chaz worked on the Blair Douglas album Beneath The Beret an through this he discovered Gaelic music, which meant having to buy an acoustic guitar.

Several years later the band Cliar was formed with the musicians Blair Douglas, Arthur Cormack, Mary Ann Kennedy, Maggie McDonald, Bruce McGregor and Chaz. The band released the highly respected album Cliar in early 2000.

Next came the idea of a Chaz Stewart album, and several months of really enjoyable studio work later The Angel Falls was published. Recorded at Watercolour studios in Ardgour in the West Highlands of Scotland. This is a mainly instrumental album where Chaz draws on his many musical influences to produce pieces as diverse as the almost heavy metal "The Timekeeper" to the sleepy piano instrumental “Farewell To The Mill".

Chaz now lives in Ballachulish in Argyll, near Glencoe and Fort William in the beautiful and spectacular West Highlands of Scotland.