Ryan MacNeil grew up in the musical traditions of Cape Breton with his siblings The Barra MacNeils. His music career has allowed him to perform as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and director. Although the piano is his first instrument, he also plays Uilleann Pipes, whistles, saxophone and percussion instruments. As a founding member of the Celtic fusion group Slainte Mhath, he toured throughout Canada, The United States, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Japan & Taiwan. Ryan has also guested in tours and recorded with The Chieftains, including a performance at Carnegie Hall, New York, a St Paddy’s Breakfast at Gracie Mansion for Mayor Micheal Bloomberg of New York, and a three-week tour of Japan. Some other artists Ryan has performed and recorded with include Great Big Sea, Liz Doherty, Bruce Guthro, Buddy MacDonald & John Ferguson, Dave Gunning, Alley Bennet, and Jennifer Roland.