Cavan is a terrific accordionist from Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. Cavan was taught by much celebrated accordionist Ian Lowthian, also from the borders and since learning with Ian – his playing took him to Plockton in the Scottish Highlands where he attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music studying accordion and guitar. Cavan was taught accordion by Sandy Brechin and learned guitar from Jack Evans (Easy Club).
After leaving Plockton he began studying accordion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. It was through the RCS that he was offered the chance to spend a few months living in Russia, learning from the great accordion players at the Rostov State Rakhmanov Conservatory. Cavans accordion technique was put to the test here and he worked extremely hard perfecting his playing.
In the summer of 2019, Cavan was offered a place on the Fèis Rois Scots International Ceilidh Trail and he toured with a group of 5 musicians including Steven all over Scotland, parts of England and over in France at the “Festival Interceltique de Lorient”. Cavan had previously taken part in a Ceilidh Trail back in 2015, where he toured Scotland with a different group of young traditional musicians.