Rita McNeil

b. Big Pond, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. McNeil appeared on the music scene in Britain almost overnight, and has had a degree of success in the field of country and folk music. In 1985, she…
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b. Big Pond, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. McNeil appeared on the music scene in Britain almost overnight, and has had a degree of success in the field of country and folk music. In 1985, she went to Tokyo to perform at the Canada Expo pavilion, and in 1987, Flying On Your Own was released. The title track was also recorded by fellow Canadian Anne Murray. That same year, McNeil sang at the Edinburgh Folk Festival, and won a Canadian Juno award as Most Promising Female Vocalist. She first appeared in London, England, in September 1990, and Polydor released three of her albums, Flying On Your Own, Reason To Believe andRita. In the same year, McNeil’s Reason To Believe toppled Madonna from the top of the Australian album charts. Mixing country, folk and elements of Gaelic drawn from the fact that her family originally came from Scotland, McNeil has had less success in Britain than on her home ground, but still charted with ‘Working Man’, which reached the UK Top 20. Her albums have achieved platinum sales in Canada and she was the subject of a 1991 documentary, Home I’ll Be.