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New fiddle tunes from Colin Grant - Intercontinental tunes 


2018 is well underway. January was a busy month of music and fun.

For many years my mother was involved in an annual Robbie Burns Concert in Sydney Mines. The concert raised money for people in need within the community. 

It was the who's who of Celtic musicians from around the island. Fiddlers, pipers, dancers, and singers put on an entertaining show year after year. 

Robbie Burns always reminded me great music in the snowy winter and cold.




This year I was invited to perform at a Robbie Burns Supper. The event was organized by the Robinson Dance Studio. I performed in my full MacNeil kilt outfit. A wonderful time!

Earlier this month, I attended a workshop and a Ceilidh in Cape Town. Our lovely host gave us a sampling of the local Constantia Wine Farms. A great way to spend an afternoon. Thank you, Tim & Heather Booysen and family!



Colin Grant's New Fiddle Tune - Intercontinental Tunes

I am also very excited about this week's Intercontinental Tunes. Colin Grant is our special guest this week. I've known Colin for many many years. He was a student at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College and studied piano with me for a short while. 

His fiddling is smooth clean and full of drive. Lots of energy. 

In this set of tunes, he plays some strathspeys and reels. The last tune was written by Colin and is called "Bring Ten Couples Reel". It is brand new but has the influence of traditional tunes for sure. it is one for the books for sure!



Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below. Also, please subscribe to my youtube channel and click the bell for the latest updates of all the Celtic tunes and excitement.




Ed Sheeran Celtic Cover of Perfect 

How's it going? 

We are about a month out from Christmas and all is well in South Africa. 

I recently heard Ed Sheeran's song, Perfect. After listening to this timeless piece of music, I couldn't get it out of my head. An Uilleann pipes (Irish Pipes) & Whistle version was swirling around for the rest of the day. 

I ended up recording a video with the version that was in my head.

I always liked Ed Sheeran's music and was very surprised to read an article from the Irish Times mentioning that he grew up listening to Planxty and The Chieftains. 

I guess we have something in common. I have always had an obsession with both bands. They were a huge influence on my music. 

So...basically, I spent about a week and a half working on the video for your viewing pleasure. 

It's something a little different from what I have been working on lately, but I think it works. 


Let me know what you think. If you like it, please share.


Enjoying life.

Ryan MacNeil

Amazing Review of Shuffle - Celtic Music for Millenials 

Hello from sunny South Africa!

I woke up this morning to an amazing review from Jose Romel Labatos, owner of a fantastic blog, The Celtic Music Fan. His positive feedback really encourages me to continue making Celtic music.

I record Celtic music because I love to create. I always have tunes floating around in my head. It's really hard to get away from it sometimes. 

Please check out the article. Thanks so very much Jose for your kind words!

Enjoying Life,

Ryan MacNeil

Click on the link below to read full album review.


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