Conall McKay began his guitar studies at the age of eight years in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He continued his musical education in Scotland then the Republic of Ireland where he studied guitar with John Feeley at the College of Music (Dublin Institute of Technology) in Dublin. In 1988 he graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with an honours B.A. degree in music and the Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas of Trinity College, London, specialising in performance and composition under the direction of Irish composer & lecturer Dr Eric Sweeney. He has participated in masterclasses with David Russell, Alan Neave, Alice Artz and Raymond Burley among others. In 1993 he was the first winner of the George Lowden Cup at the Feis Ceoil, Dublin for the playing of the music of J.S.Bach. He then performed in many venues in Scotland and Ireland including the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, John McCann Hall, National Concert Hall (John Field Room) Dublin as soloist and member of a guitar duo with Michael O'Toole and the Tirando Guitar Quartet. Since 1997 he has worked as a guitar instructor for Aberdeen City Council and was the musical director of the North East of Scotland Classical Guitar Society from 2005 to 2016. He has composed many works for classical guitar.