Acoustic Guitar Magazine likened Macdonald’s vocals, lyrics, and intricate fingerstyle guitar style to “a collaboration between Nick Drake and a mid-1970s Bruce Cockburn”. Ross deals in subtlety, intimacy and nuance with a tunesmiths hand that coins songs and music with a haunting and poignant quality.
Born of a jazz musician father he returned to his musical roots after some years underground as a geologist and now plies his trade not only as an internationally touring songwriter but also as a jazz turned folk-roots drummer for the acclaimed Australian group The Waifs.
Having played with and opened for such luminaries including John Renbourn, Tony McManus, Kelly Joe Phelps and Chris Smither, Macdonald constantly tours internationally armed with his 1935 Gibson guitar and a carpet bag of songs that he illuminates in his own inimitably reserved yet intense, poetic style.
“[David Ross Macdonald] is one of those few songwriters like Nick Drake, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), and Josh Ritter that can captivate his listeners armed only with a voice and guitar.” American Songwriter Magazine
“David Ross Macdonald’s vocals, lyrics, and intricate fingerstyle guitar playing bring to mind a collaboration between Nick Drake and a mid-1970s Bruce Cockburn… “ Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“…deft guitar playing … polished songwriting … pristine, thoughtful folk rock…” Penguin Eggs Magazine
“(I)t is his brilliant acoustic fingerstyle guitar prowess that makes this recording a standout collection of songs. Much of it is played on a gorgeous 1935 Gibson acoustic guitar that Macdonald is able to make sing. This is one cool album.” Canberra Times