Eilidh Steel (fiddle) & Mark Neal (vocals & guitar) are leading lights in the Scottish traditional music scene, playing music and song strongly influenced by the music from Argyll and the West coast of Scotland alongside their own original compositions. Their passion for the music and their effortless musicianship clearly shines through in their performances, “Traditional and contemporary Celtic music genuinely doesn’t get any better than the work of Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal.” – Leith Folk Club, “The empathy between (Eilidh & Mark) is a thing of beauty in itself” – R2 Magazine. They have toured extensively around Europe with concerts in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections, outdoor gigs to over 4000 people in Verona, supported the pop band Madness and have been the backing band for actor/singer Ewan McGregor.
In addition to playing, Eilidh and Mark are both experienced tutors, and are available for workshops and master classes in single instrument or mixed instrument settings.
Eilidh Steel is from Helensburgh, Argyllshire where she started playing fiddle at the age of six. She was awarded the Sir Jimmy Shand Scholarship to study a BA Honours degree in Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow.
Since graduating she has worked as a full time musician. Eilidh is a respected tunesmith and her compositions are being performed and recorded by many artists throughout the world.
For 8 years, on the side of performing, Eilidh was the Artistic Director of the Scots Fiddle Festival, which is one of Scotland’s biggest traditional music festivals.
For information on Eilidh, other recordings and composing see: www.eilidhsteel.com
Originally from East Kilbride, guitarist and singer-songwriter Mark Neal has been playing various instruments since the age of 5. He moved to Edinburgh to study a degree in physics then a Phd in Musical Acoustics, before turning to music as a full time career.
Although most of his time is spent performing and writing music he also runs the recording studio The Sonic Lodge.