Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill

New Zealand

Two acclaimed Celtic musicians combined with subtle grace and sharp wit – Gillian Boucher and Bob McNeill are a touch of magic and a musical force to be reckoned with. Based in New Zealand, both Gillian, an exceptional fiddler and dancer from Cape Breton Island and Bob, an award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter from Scotland, share a deeply-seeded passion for their musical heritage and culture. Gillian’s fiddle style is unique, seamlessly blending the music of her ancestors with contemporary sounds. Paired with Bob’s innovative, rhythmic accompaniment and powerful lyricism, they present a truly dynamic yet sensitive acoustic conversation that captivates any audience. Featuring heart-wrenching slow airs, riveting arrangements of songs and toe-tapping dance tunes, both take what you know about traditional Scottish music and bring it to another level altogether. Having rediscovered a musical connection forged on the road fifteen years ago, they have finally decided to do something about it with the release of their debut duo album this coming October.

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