Born on Colonsay in 1953, Donald MacNeill has lived and worked on Colonsay for most of his life. Influenced by the Gaelic culture he grew up in, and the external influences from beyond the Island shores he has been chronicling island life in song for over 40 years.
In 2011 he recorded the critically aclaimed album "Fathers and Sons" in collaboration with Italian rock band Lowlands and is just about to start work on another collaboration with Lowland guitarist Roberto Diana. All going well the resulting album should be released in autumn 2015.
First experiences of singing was at the local hall and then the provincial and national Mod. Both Donald's parents were accomplished gaelic singers; his father Donald Archibald also wrote gaelic poetry.
In the sixties he was part of a duo with Niall Brown singing at local ceilidhs before starting to write and perform as a solo artist.
Fast forward to the 2000s and Donald sang with his daughter Jen (fiddle and voice). The culmination of this was the album Fathers and sons and a tour in Italy backed by Lowlands.
Looking forward to a tour of some of our neighbouring Islands with the wonderful Roberto Diana, daughter Jen MacNeill and Giulia Cartasegna.