Question time with Brian McNeill…

3rd May 2017 / Music

A career spanning 45 years has established Brian McNeill as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music as a performer, composer, producer, teacher, musical director, band leader, and novelist.

It’s not only his career that is multidisciplinary- Brian is a multi instrumentalist, chiefly fiddle, bouzouki, mandocello, guitars and concertina, and his unique show is based around this talent to create a set of various sounds and influences.

As Brian is joining us at The Neeld Hall next week (Saturday 13 May), we thought we would ask him some questions for The Neeld Hall audience to get to know him better before the show…

What can we expect from the show when you come to The Neeld Hall?

My audience can expect songs, stories and instrumental pieces that show me doing what I love and what I feel strongly about, what touches me and what I hope will touch them too. I will be surrounded by beautiful instruments and aim to make my audience feel part of my gig.

You use a huge variety of instruments in your shows- what are your favourite songs to play, and with which instruments?

I enjoy everything I play and sing, but asked to choose, I would say The Yew Tree, with a Stefan Sobell mandocello, and When The Laverock Sang with a Josh House guitar.

Your show with us is in May- what will you be doing for the rest of the summer?

This summer I shall be playing at festivals, including Cambridge and Cropredy, getting on with writing novels and producing the debut album by a brilliant young fiddle player, Matt Tighe.

And lastly on to our favourite question- what is your favourite tour bus snack?

Chocolate raisins – but only occasionally!

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