Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal are a Scottish duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Their performances combine many of their own tunes and songs along with old traditional music on fiddle, guitar and vocals. With many influences from Argyll and the West Coast of Scotland. 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.