Burns Night Concert : Neil Sutcliffe

Thu 25 Jan

Join Neil Sutcliffe for a celebration of Robert Burns, Scottish traditional music and song, with the odd French connection thrown in! Alongside all the well-known Burns classics – Ae Fond Kiss, The Lea-Rig, and Auld Lang Syne – Neil will share some of the poet’s lesser-known songs, such as Composed in Autumn, Bonnie Bell and Rattlin Roarin Willie. Burns is celebrated both for his original poetry and his collecting and editing of songs and ballads of the time, so Neil will partner his songs with some older traditional Scots folksongs and ballads. 

Neil is an accordionist, pianist and folk singer from Stirling, in the central belt of Scotland. He performs as a classical soloist and ensemble musician, within the Scottish traditional music scene, and as a collaborator with other artforms. In 2021 he completed his BMus (Honours) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow, where he studied classical accordion with Djordje Gajic.

In his work in classical music, Neil is passionate about programming works by under-represented and neglected composers (in particular Scottish classical and contemporary composers) and about promoting the accordion within classical performance and education settings. Since 2021 he has run a project with the composition and accordion departments of the RCS to encourage collaboration and performance opportunities for students.

Before his introduction to the classical accordion, Neil grew up in a family surrounded by a variety of musical influences, the strongest of which was Scottish traditional music. As a singer Neil is interested in the power of song to create connections between people, place, the past and the present. He sings in English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic, which he learnt in Primary School.


In partnership with Live Music Now Scotland