Was born into a hugely important family in the world of folk-accoustic music. His father, Ewan MacColl and mother, Peggy Seeger, were the famously purist pair at the heart of the British folk revival of the early sixties. Whilst nobody is purely the product of their parents, the influence of a father who wrote such classics as “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Dirty Old Town” and a mother who is a supremely talented multi-instrumentalist is undeniable. Neill was part of his parents' touring band from the age of 15.
His career has included long spells in Eddi Reader's band, several years with David Gray, as well as Nanci Griffith, Boo Hewerdine, David Gilmour, Lou Rhodes, Beth Gibbons, Steve Earle and KD Lang, amongst others.
The other side of Neill's work for the past few years has been as a film and TV composer.
Interestingly, The MacColl legacy continues, as both of Neill's sons are in successful bands of their own, (Bombay Bicycle Club and LoFi Culture Scene), which has given Neill a new job: “I'm a roadie for 2 teenage bands”.
Neill plays guitars, autoharp, dulcimer and hammond on the album below.
Recent Tracks by Neill MacColl
Neill MacColl teams up with Kathryn Williams for their album entitled 'Two'.
"such a beautiful sound" - Jonathon Ross
"a thing of astonishing beauty" - Belfast Telegraph
"warm and intimate" - Ben Myers, Mojo