Zan’s collaborations and original work, represented in a vast discography of over 200 recordings, received accolades ranging from the NAIRD Award for Best Indie Album (1981) to a Grammy for Best New Age Album (2000). His skill with the guitar and Irish bouzouki brought him to prestigious venues across the country such as the Kennedy Center, the Wolf Trap Center, Strathmore Hall, and the White House.
“Zan Mcleod is one of the finest guitar accompanists in the world of Irish Music and beyond.”Read More
With his musical knowledge and musicianship Zan lovingly weaves, throughout his playing, sensitive subtleties that complement the melody. Zan is also a rhythmic powerhouse making him a musician’s musician. I treasure the memories I’ve spent making music with Zan, a great guitarist and fine exponent of stringed instruments.”
TG4 Gradam Saoil (Lifetime Achievement Award, Belfast, Ireland 2020), Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2013, USA National Heritage Fellowship 2013
“I have had the opportunity to work with Zan Mcleod in multiple roles …. In each he is a true professional who turns out great results.”Read More
“Zan McLeod is a terrific musician and entertainer. He is versatile playing guitar, mandolin and other assorted other instruments. His musical expertise ranges from Irish Traditional Music (a true specialty) to folk and bluegrass and rock and roll. Zan works and performs solo but can magically put together Irish music and other ensembles of talented musicians fast and for multiple kinds of venues. I have heard him at the Irish Embassy, the Kennedy Center, at conferences I produced in Baltimore, DC and Boston and at events both in intimate pubs and in my own home. All were wonderful musical experiences.”
President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC