ALISON MCNEILL

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Alison McNeill

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“Alison is a demon - in every sense of the word. She plays superbly in a variety of styles and sings like an angel. ....“

Elizabeth Gower, FiddleOn Magazine, Summer 2005.

Young Scottish Soprano, Fiddler and Composer Alison McNeill (23) from Gourock is a fine exponent of traditional music and leads a very successful Scots Fiddle and Song career. She graduated with honours from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008 where she trained in Classical Voice and now leads a double career in opera singing and in Traditional music.

She is in great demand as a solo performer, session musician, composer, teacher and is 1/ 6th of the band Reely Jiggered based in Inverclyde. Alison has been performing on stage since the age of 13 and has won many awards in National Burns Competitions, Glasgow Music Festival, Greenock Music Festival and the Royal National Mod.

Her technique and unique flair for music has taken her all around the UK, Spain, America and Mexico.

She has taken part in many prestigious events including performing at The Burns ‘n’ a’ That Festival Finale in Burns Square, Ayr alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and singing “Flower of Scotland” at the Scotland International Rugby Games. Alison has also hosted her own programmes on Radio Mod.

Alison has played with the Mugenkyo Taiko Japanese Drummers, was solo fiddler with the South West Texas Symphony Orchestra and was guest leader of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in the Royal Concert Hall. She has sung as a soloist with many prestigious orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra and the Cantelina Chamber Ensemble on the beautiful Hebridean Island of Islay. She has performed for The National Trust for Scotland and sang and played in The Glasgow City Chambers for the Provost and Bailies on the night Glasgow was awarded Host City for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has performed and adjudicated at many Burns Events including International Burns Conferences, Cultural events for the Nazrul/Burns Centre where she appeared on Bangladeshi, Spanish and Mexican Television and has received standing ovations in Stirling Castle, Fernie Castle, Hafton Castle and Edinburgh Castle. Alison has been accompanied on many of these occasions by Clarsach player Eleanor Holley with whom she recorded her debut Album “Celtic Magic”.

Alison is the Event Organiser of the Voices in Paisley Lunchtime Recitals and has brought to the stage many international artists from countries such as Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Holland and the UK.

Alison is in great demand as a fiddle and voice teacher and has for the last 5 years directed her own Easter and Summer Fiddle Workshops for Adults and Children which have had people returning every year. Alison has also led Fiddle Workshops in Islay House, Islay and at the Cowel Fiddle Workshop, Dunoon. Every Christmas Alison organises a Traditional Carols by Candlelight Service featuring talented local children and other professional musicians in aid of Save the Children Charity.

You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.

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