The Scottish troubadour has been making a name for himself north of the border since he started to write and perform in 2012. Following a path first trodden by the likes of Nick Drake in the ‘70s and, more recently, popular artists such as Ben Howard, Damien Rice and David Gray, Neil McLaren has been able to run with these influences and push them that little bit further by creating a sound that is very much his own. This sound has seen him pick up support from XFM Scotland, STV, The Daily Record and Amazing Radio.
His journey to becoming a recording artist has been anything but ordinary. I am registered partially sighted and was the first person in Britain to receive pioneering eye surgery having been born completely blind. He also has an unorthodox playing style due to being self taught. Neil has no knowledge of guitar chords or of reading music, instead preferring to experiment with instruments in order to find a sound that fits the lyrics he has written. This hasn’t stopped him from succeeding as he is now able to creating music on both piano and guitar.