- 26 Jan 17
Susan O’Neill, the husky-voiced backing singer with Propeller Palms and King Kong Company, is going on her own in 2017.
Some people get into rock ‘n’ roll as a form of rebellion against an authoritarian upbringing, but the prodigiously gifted Susan O’Neill – who performs as SON – actually credits her strict parents for her burgeoning career as a singer-songwriter. Growing up in smalltown Ennis, she simply wasn’t allowed out at night.
“I can thank my mom not wanting me hanging out in the streets for the fact that I played so much music when I was younger,” the beautiful 26-year-old smiles. “She just would not allow me out hanging around the town. So if you’re spending all your time in, what else are you gonna do with your time except for learn to play an instrument?”
Susan began playing trumpet in the town’s brass band around the age of nine before picking up the guitar and joining the Ennis Gospel Choir in her early teens. “I loved gospel music, always loved the voices and the energy of all these people doing it together,” she recalls. “It was just a feel-good environment. And at that point it was my first experience with bigger stages, you know, we were going down to play with Tommy Fleming at the INEC, we were playing on different shows. So that was when I really started to catch the bug of music on the road, tour buses, live performances.”