Original country blues with a dash of jazz
Brigid O'Neill - Singer Songwriter
Artist Career Enhancement Award Winner 2015-16 Arts Council NI & HLF
Finalist at Allingham Writers Festival Songwriting Competition 2015
"Brigid is a great songwriter with a voice that break your heart at 30 paces. She understands the craft of songwriting intuitively and there's an honesty and integrity in her work that is very special." Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster
Having this year received the Arts Council NI Artist Career Enhancement Award and played the Bluebird Cafe , Music City Roots Show, and a series of other high profile gigs in Nashville Tennessee, Co. Down singer-songwriter Brigid O'Neill has been riding the crest of a wave since the release of her critically acclaimed EP debut of original songs 'Arrivals and Departures'.
She has just released a new single 'Don't Make Me Go to Town'. Co-produced with Michael Mormecha at Milbank Studies near Lisburn, the song has been stopping people in their tracks and has already received great reviews and attention and radio play from Radio ulster DJs Ralph McLean and William Crawley's show Talk Back, where it was featured in the Arts Section of of the show.
Brigid's music blends great country blues with folk and a delicious dash of jazz, writing songs that with a melody and delivery that nods ever so subtly to Dusty Springfield's Memphis days.(Folk and Tumble 2014). Constantly playing the Belfast and beyond gig circuit, to booked-out Arts Centres, the Baby Grand at Belfast GOH, and Festivals such as Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch and Belfast Nashville, as well as performing 'In-the-Round' with Duke Special, Brendan Murphy, and sharing stages with Frances Black, Luka Bloom and Mary Coughlan, she is building a steadily increasing fan base.
Of 'Arrivals and Departures': "Worth the Wait, its fantastic! A really sweet 5 track CD and I recommend it wholeheartedly" Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster.
"Gorgeous songs, gorgeous arrangements. ..A collection of lovingly crafted, beautifully performed original songs" - Cherrie McIlwaine, BBC Radio Ulster
"Brigid has the heart of a poet and a voice that brings to mind the great female singers of the jazz age. It's always a joy to share a stage with her" Brendan Murphy The 4 of Us