Born to a classical soprano mother, and a folk loving father, Ross was raised in Melbourne, Victoria where his musical life was born at home.
From an early age Ross showed talent as an instrumentalist, and very quickly developed as a jazz trumpet player, influenced by the greats like Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Louis Armstrong.
By the time he had turned 15, Ross was already working professionally as a jazz and commercial trumpeter, playing pubs, restaurants and clubs.
Aside from his solo career, he has had huge success playing, writing and recording with a multitude of artists including his main touring bands The Cat Empire and The Bamboos, as well as Harry Connick Jr, Paul Kelly, Belle and Sebastian, John Butler, Washington, Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen), Angus Stone, Regurgitator, Miami Horror, Lanu, Karnivool, Gin Wigmore, Dan Sultan, Brooke Fraser, Thirsty Merc, Carl Cox, Nic Cester, Ella Hooper, End Of Fashion, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Tex Perkins, Tinpan Orange, Eddie Floyd, Syl Johnson, Joe Bataan, Betty Harris, James Morrison and many more.
Ross has established himself as an international big band composer and is currently program director of Generations in Jazz. Ross first began his involvement with Generations over 20 years ago – first as a student with Blackburn High School, then as a future finalist, a scholarship finalist, and an adjudicator for the stage band awards.
Now the festival’s Program Director, Ross has firmly defined himself as much more than just a simple songwriter or instrumentalist, and as a result, has ended up working as a multi-instrumentalist and sideman with artists like Washington, Brooke Fraser, Magnolia and Tinpan Orange, as well as a co-writer, arranger and producer for bands and artists like The Cat Empire, Lanu, Felix Riebl, and The Bamboos.
Throughout his career Ross has worked as a TV musician on shows including Australia’s Got Talent, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Australian Idol and Rockwiz.
“The Hunting Road” is Roscoe’s debut solo record recorded by producer/engineer, John Castle (Washington/The Bamboos) and has won over audiences in headline performances, as well as in support of his longtime music family, Harry James Angus and Tinpan Orange.
The first album single “1000 Nights” was nominated in the 11th IMA’s (International Independent Music Awards) and was recently heard in Seven Network’s “Winners and Losers”. Irwin is also proud to have contributed his song “Pass the Time” to The Cat Empire compilation for Tunes for Change.
” Irwin’s creations place him somewhere between Sufjan Stevens and Siomon and Garfunkel”. – Chris Martin – Sydney Morning Herald
“An immensely talented artist… 8/10” – The AU Review
“There’s a catchiness that draws you in straight away”. – Luke Balzan, Rip It Up Magazine.