Irish born Multi Instrumentalist, Singer Songwriter is based in Philadelphia. He performs mostly on guitar and piano but also plays many more instruments from bouzouki/mandolin to irish and exotic percussion.
Gabriel performs throughout the USA, solo and along with a cadre of top flight musicians. He toured for three years with the Grammy Award winning Chieftains. He has recorded with the Boston Pops, Eileen Ivers, Joanie Madden, James Keane, Sean Quinn, Brian Conway, John Whelan, Karen Mal, Aoife Clancy, Liam Clancy, to name a few.
He also produces and engineers albums for a broad array of artists at Cove Island Productions in center city Philadelphia. A state of the art facility using top quality microphones and gear.
The lists of artists he has collaborated with, is a who’s who of the top musicians in the acoustic and celtic music field. He performed with Michael Flatley at the National Heritage Awards in Washington DC. And played with Eileen Ivers at the Clinton Whitehouse entertaining Irish and American dignitaries and signers of the Good Friday peace accords.
He enjoys working with new talent and often gets involved with projects with emerging artists. He also teaches songwriting in a classroom setting and records the finished songs in house, so that the students get to see the process from conception to the completion.
Born and raised in Foot Cape, Cape Breton, from ages 8 through to 17 Ian MacDougall studied fiddle under the guidance of cousin and prolific composer John MacDougall. With a lively driving style, he has become one the most sought-after dance and square dance players around. Ian has two albums to his credit, “From Foot Cape” and “Before You Arrived.” Ian MacDougall, 25, attributes his success to the years spent studying under John MacDougall – a distant family relative. Every Sunday, from the age of 8 to 17, Ian’s father would faithfully drive him up to John’s trailer at the outskirts of town where he practiced the fiddle. “I don’t think I missed two weeks,” he says. “I never had to pay a nickel.” With two albums of traditional music under his belt, and a full play schedule, Ian MacDougall is now considered one of Cape Breton’s best traditional fiddlers.
But finding and playing traditional tunes is still a struggle for the younger generation. Ian MacDougall built his repertoire partly through unearthing amateur recordings of old fiddlers. He is also in discussions to record some of John MacDougall’s compositions. “It’s different from all the other stuff [written today]… it sounds like the old tunes played long ago,” he adds.