Brian McNeill

Brian McNeill’s career spans over 50 years and his music over that period has established him as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music. Brian was born in 1950 in Falkirk and has been described as ‘Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter’ (The Scotsman). Add to that his work and influence as performer, composer, producer, teacher, musical director, band leader, novelist and interpreter of Scotland’s past, present and future and you have a man who has never stood still.

He has performed around the globe, both as a soloist and with some of the era’s most influential bands, including Battlefield Band, which he founded in 1969, Clan Alba and as a core member of the UK fiddle phenomenon, Feast of Fiddles. Brian performs and teaches regularly at many of the world’s major festivals and is the longest running booked artist at Cambridge Folk Festival.

Brian is a multi instrumentalist – chiefly fiddle, bouzouki, mandocello, guitars and concertina – and the importance of his songwriting has long been recognised with such songs as The Yew Tree, The Lads O’ The Fair, The Snows of France and Holland, Strong Women Rule Us All With Their Tears, Any Mick’ll Do and No Gods and Precious Few Heroes. Many of his songs have been performed and recorded by artists worldwide.

Over the years Brian has become a true friend of Friends of Folk and one of the artists it is always a pleasure to invite to perform. It is a guaranteed evening of musical enjoyment from an artist who is not just talented, but also someone who relates closely with his audience. His rendition of ‘Bring The Lassie Hame’ and the story that goes with it will alone be worth the price of the ticket!

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