A TRADITIONAL musician from Helensburgh and her talented stage partner made a welcome return to live performing in Helensburgh recently after a wait of more than two years.

Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal’s concert at the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Friday, April 29 was originally scheduled for spring 2020 as part of a Scotland-wide tour.

The first Covid lockdown put the brakes on those plans - but the recent rescheduled gig was well attended by keen trad music fans and well enjoyed by all.

Eilidh said afterwards: “It was lovely to have a full hall at the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre.”

Eilidh started playing fiddle at the age of six. She was awarded the Sir Jimmy Shand Scholarship to study a BA Honours degree in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and since graduating has worked as a full time musician, composer and tutor, as well as spending eight years as the artistic director of the Scots Fiddle Festival.

Photos by Angus and Amelia Photography

Photos by Angus and Amelia Photography


Originally from East Kilbride, guitarist and singer-songwriter Mark Neal has been playing various instruments since the age of five and is in high demand as a performer and workshop tutur, and also as a sound engineer and music producer.

For more on the pair, check out eilidhandmark.com.

(Photos by Angus and Amelia Photography)