- 27 Jul 22
A critically acclaimed performer, as well as a member of King Kong Company, Susan O'Neill will release her brand new EP on September 14.
Ennis musician Susan O’Neill will perform live at Dublin venue Whelans on October 6th this year, presented by singular artists.
Having wowed huge festival stages over the past few years as guests to various performers, Susan has simultaneously been honing her craft as a solo performer. She recently unveiled a stunning live rendition of hit single 'Baby Talk' alongside Mick Flannery and the Cork Opera House Orchestra.
O'Neill announced her exciting new EP, Now You See It, this morning, which you can pre-order on Bandcamp here. In support of the new EP, Susan has today also announced her biggest Irish Headline tour to date, full details below.
Recorded between Los Angeles, Maine, Clare, and Wexford, during the spring of this year, the EP sees Susan working again with Tony Buchen - producer of In The Game, the 2021 collaboration record with Mick Flannery, Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive), and her fellow bandmates, brothers Cillian Byrne and Lorcan Byrne.
‘Now You See It’, a startlingly beautiful track showcasing Susan’s inimitable vocals, was written whilst on the road with Mick Flannery in the US last year. Joining forces again with West Cork director Christopher Luke, who has made a heartwarming video to accompany the song.
“Even if we lived to be 150 years old it would still just be a micro blip in the ripple of space," Susan says. "This song is looking from an in-between state of consciousness, neither dead nor alive anymore but someone that has lived, a mind looking at the world for what it is (and was) while on earth in the 21st century. It is fleeting and in constant decay which is part of the beauty. We endeavoured to show a bit of that transitory nature in this video put together by Chris Luke. Hope you enjoy it.”
Currently on tour in North America, Susan is performing across multiple festival stages, as well as playing a handful of headline shows. Susan has just been announced as guest to James Vincent McMorrow on his Los Angeles show tonight, and today also announced as guest to Valerie June’s UK headline shows later next month. Susan will make her solo NPR debut at Mountain Stage in Charleston, West Virginia, on August 21st.
A songwriter of hidden depths, with a timeless voice that is equal parts balm and blowtorch, she's Ireland’s best-kept secret. With the success of the Choice Music Prize nominated In The Game, that's starting to change.
In her review of the project, Hot Press' Tanis Smither wrote: "Flannery and O’Neill rely on emotionally immediate storytelling to chart the heady beginnings and visceral lows of two fictional musicians. They follow motifs that are frequently tapped by the folk community, but instead of veering into tropes, In The Game is refreshing and delightfully unpretentious. Whether on the seductive, bluesy ‘Trouble’ or the heartbreaking album closer ‘Ghost’, Flannery and O'Neill entirely avoid the formulaic."
The basis of her 2017 debut album, Found Myself Lost, saw Susan O'Neill find her voice amongst her peers, introducing her unique and otherworldly style. The LP was one of our Albums of the Year and garnered her a number of opportunities, including joining Sharon Shannon on her sold out tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Susan’s EP comes out September 14th, with her Whelan's set sure to be a brilliant night to mark the release. Tickets on sale now.
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:
July 27 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, US
July 31-Aug1 - Canmore Folk Festival, Canada
Aug 5-7 - Edmonton Folk Festival, Canada
Aug 11 - Club Passim, Boston, US
Aug 12 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, US
Aug 19-20 - Philadelphia Folk Festival, US
Aug 21 - NPR Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV, US
Aug 23 - The Blues Kitchen, Manchester, UK
Aug 24 - Thelka, Bristol, UK
Aug 27-28 - Tønder Festival, Denmark +
Sept 11 - Clonakilty Guitar Festival, West Cork
Sept 15 – Cleere’s, Kilkenny
Sept 16 - Duncairn, Belfast
Sept 17 - Vantastival, Drogheda
Sep 30 - Spirit Store, Dundalk
Oct 1 - The Milk Market, Limerick +
Oct 6 – Whelan’s, Dublin
Oct 7 - INEC, Killarney
Oct 8 - Glór, Ennis
Oct 13 - Coughlan’s, Cork
Oct 14 - Róisín Dubh, Galway
Oct 27th - Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford