Release Date: 07/10/20
This cracking new album marks Brian McNeill's musical half century in a career that has established him as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish Music. He has performed around the globe, both as a soloist and with some of the era's most influential bands, including Battlefield Band which he founded in 1969, Clan Alba and as a core member of the UK fiddle phenomenon, Feast of Fiddles. He has also toured with such stalwarts as Dick Gaughan, Tony McManus and the late Iain Mackintosh.
Brian is a multi-instrumentalist - chiefly fiddle, bouzouki, mandocello, guitars and concertina - and the importance of his song-writing has long been recognised with such songs as 'The Yew Tree', 'The Lads O' The Fair', 'The Snows of France and Holland', 'Strong Women Rule Us All With Their Tears', 'Any Mick'll Do' and 'No Gods and Precious Few Heroes'. Many of his songs have been performed and recorded by artists worldwide. Brian also has many new tunes to his credit, including 'Modest Miss France', a tribute to his wife Jacqueline which was the first tune he ever wrote, and re-visited here. He is also in demand as a record producer, including several albums he produced for Greentrax, but somehow still finds time to write crime and mystery fiction!
On 'No Silence' Brian has written all the songs and several of the tunes. His songs are the stunning 'Two Minutes' Silence', 'The Yew Tree', 'Sell Your Labour, Not Your Soul', 'John Harrison's Hands', 'When The Laverock Sang' and 'Prince of Darkness'. The instrumentals include 'The Coilsfield House Set' and 'The Modest Miss France Set' and, unusually, Brian has recorded 'The Burning of Auchendoon' as an instrumental piece.
Apart from bodhran on four tracks and bouzouki on another, both played by the talented Tad Sargent, Brian sings and plays all the instruments: guitar, baritone guitar, fiddle, octave fiddle, mandocello, bouzouki and concertina. Truly remarkable.
|Run Time: 50:07 mins|
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