Originally from Big Pond and now residing in Sydney, Cape Breton, Ryan is known as a powerful yet graceful player. This accomplished musician has mastered his instruments (highland bagpipe, border pipes and whistles) and brings a unique personal flavour to the music he plays. MacNeil’s electrifying upbeat playing is strongly rooted in Cape Breton’s dance-oriented tradition. In the past several years, Ryan has become increasingly well-known as a talented composer. His tunes have been performed and recorded by many musicians, both locally and abroad. Ryan released his first solo album, Piper in 2005. He is busy these days with the Cape Breton University Pipe Band, helping to teach and develop piping culture in Cape Breton.