Bob McNeill

New Zealand

Bob McNeill is a musician based in Wellington, who plays with the group Project Feijoa and with Cape Breton fiddle player extraordinaire Gillian Boucher. Born in Scotland, Bob began playing in his teens, gravitating to the music of the Scottish Highlands and the west of Ireland. Playing bouzouki and open-tuned guitar, he released a series of albums in the 2000s, two of which won Best Folk Album at the New Zealand Music Awards. He won a third Best Folk Album award for his collaboration with Kenny Ritch, Ben the Hoose. In 2010, he released the retrospective Me and Mary Ann, and moved on to non-music projects. He returned to music in 2016 with a rekindled interest in the guitar that took him deeper into the instrument, and inspired him to record a huge backlog of rediscovered songs. Around the same time, and thinking he might be done with Celtic music, he ran into Cape Breton fiddler Gillian Boucher, who had just moved to New Zealand. The two had played together briefly, 10 years before, and soon found the old groove, playing festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

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