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McNeill, Brian, The Baltic Tae Byzantium
Renowned Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian McNeill, founder of Battlefield Band and Clan Alba, releases his new album The Baltic Tae Byzantium, Tales of the Scots in Europe. This long-awaited album on the theme of emigration from Scotland to Europe is a sequel to Brian's highly acclaimed 1991 album, The Back O' The North Wind, which dealt with emigration from Scotland to North America. The new album follows fascinating tales of Scottish emigration across Europe, from shepherds and soldiers to Calvinists and queens and was originally commissioned by Celtic Connections (the international music festival in Glasgow). Brian McNeill's professional career spans more than three decades and he is acknowledged as one of Scotland's great musical forces -- as a songwriter, composer, producer and musical director, as well as performer. He is both "a master musician and a great writer," says Scotland's Living Tradition Magazine best known for his fiddle playing but he also plays guitar, mandocello, bouzouki, viola, mandolin, cittern, concertina, bass and hurdy gurdy.