Noted for his innovative use of traditional Celtic instruments in rock, pop, and jazz, Neil Anderson is perhaps best known as a founding member of Seven Nations, America's ground-breaking Celtic rock powerhouse and the band that kicked off the 'kilt-rock" genre in the US. Neil helped make Seven Nations the most popular indie Celtic rock band of its day, selling over 100,000 albums and touring internationally. He has performed with many of the top artists in the Celtic genre including Paddy Keenan, Black 47, Scythian, and Grammy Award winners The Chieftains. He has appeared as either a featured or supporting artist at nearly every major Celtic festival and Highland Games in North America over the past 20 years. Neil has also produced original music for television and film. Renowned for his showmanship and versatility on stage, many people watch Neil just to see what he's gonna do next!
Born and raised in London, England, Trevor is blessed with that sense of humor and quiet sarcasm for which Londoners are famous. A songwriter of note, Trevor fronted one of the most influential English bands of the late 80s, The Bolshoi. A mainstay of the London club scene, once described as "the best band you never heard," The Bolshoi drew much of its appeal from the incisive wit and biting satire of Trevor's lyrics, and his legendary antics as front man. Trevor toured the world with The Bolshoi, with predictable results: hit songs on the charts, several videos in heavy rotation at the height of the MTV era, and a rabid international cult-following which continues to this day. As lead vocalist and a world-class guitarist, Trev is the creative genius behind much of Rathkeltair's original material and brings that pop sensibility which makes Rathkeltair truly unique.
A native of Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland, Nick toured internationally as a member of the drum corps with Belfast-based Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, 7 times RSPBA World Pipe Band Champions and one of the most successful pipe bands in history. In 1995 he joined Seven Nations and was the drummer on what are still two of the most all-time popular albums in that band's discography. In 1997 he left to form his own group, Jacksonville, FL based Celtic Soul, a band that enjoyed a large and loyal East Coast following for several years. It was Nick who came up with the name Rathkeltair, which is an ancient archeological site near his home village in County Down. Nick is that rare drummer, both articulate and powerful. His rock steady intuitive drumming is the foundation for Rathkeltair's incredible sound.
Scooter Muse (Muscle Shoals, AL)
banjo, acoustic guitar
With over 40 years in the music business, Scooter Muse has established himself as one of the premier acoustic musicians in the southeastern US. Aside from having won the Tennessee Valley Championships an unprecedented 8 times, Scooter has played banjo with bluegrass legends Clair Lynch, Vassar Clements and a host of others as well as handling first call banjo duties for the world famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama recording studios. In the early 80's Scooter discovered progressive Celtic music. He soon developed his own style of Celtic 5-string banjo, and ultimately became expert with open tunings on guitar. In the 90's Scooter founded the now legendary Full Moon Ensemble, with whom he toured North America and Scotland and produced five critically acclaimed CDs. It was with this group that he befriended Neil and Nick and has since become a frequent and welcome guest at Rathkeltair shows. Scooter also tours with his own group, Henri's Notions, and Jil Chambless.
Ashley MacLeod (Dalkeith, Ontario, Canada)
Ashley began fiddle at age 10 and won many awards in competitions throughout Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. At 14, she was invited to play at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship as a Junior Showcase artist, an honor given to only four young musicians across Canada each year. Since then Ashley has gone on to produce two critically acclaimed solo recordings. She has recorded and toured internationally with many highly accomplished groups such as World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and Juno Award winners The Paperboys. She appeared on CMT (Country Music Television) with Johnny Reid. Ashley is featured on Rathkeltair's 2008 studio disc, "Big White Van." She is currently touring with two long-time mainstay groups on the Ontario traditional music scene, The Brigadoons and Hadrian's Wall.