Stewart MacNeil is best known for being a member of the international recording group the Barra MacNeils – six siblings who have recorded and toured extensively for more than 30 years. He plays a multitude of instruments including accordion, piano, flute, whistles, bass, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, pipe organ and harmonica, and learned step dancing at an early age from his mother, Jean, who is a renowned teacher and dancer in the traditional Cape Breton style. As a songwriter and arranger, Stewart's stamp on The Barra MacNeils' music has contributed to the band’s identity. Stewart has also made symphonic arrangements of the Barras' music as part of The Barra MacNeils Symphony Sessions with Symphony Nova Scotia. A graduate of Mount Allison University with a major in classical piano, he now spends much of his time learning Gaelic songs and is a dedicated student of the language.