“bluesy debut…showcasing her truly phenomenal husky voice, often reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin or a ballsier Adele” – Hotpress
Susan O’Neill was always destined for the big time… and she’s already well on her way there. Hailing from picturesque Co. Clare, the prodigiously gifted singer-songwriter – who performs as SON – honed her musical skills as the youngest member of the Ennis Brass Band and the Really Truly Joyful Gospel Choir. After leaving school, she went to Waterford to do a BA in Music at WIT and began performing with popular local acts King Kong Company and Propeller Palms.
She still moonlights at festivals at home and abroad with both bands, but it’s her solo career as SON that has really piqued critical and industry interest. Eclectically fusing traditional Irish folk with rock, soul, gospel and blues, her live performances are quite simply electrifying. The amazing range of her monster vocals combined with her superb guitar technique, her loop pedals and trumpet, have wowed audiences everywhere from Stradbally to Sydney, Glasgow to Glastonbury, Manhattan to Milwaukee, and many places beyond.
SON’s 2018 debut album found myself lost saw her being favourably compared with the likes of Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Florence Welch. It was one of Hot Press magazine’s ‘Albums of the Year’ and garnered her a number of heavyweight fans – most notably U2’s Bono and Irish trad superstar Sharon Shannon (who invited SON to support her sold out tour of Australia and New Zealand).
2019 has been a typically hectic year so far, with a successful return to Oz and a scattershot tour of Europe already done, as well as a recording stint in Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire. SON is currently out on tour in Canada and North America, road-testing new material for her eagerly awaited sophomore album, due to be released next year.
- MUSICIAN SUSAN O’NEILL ON WRITING TO HEAL
- Hot Press Interview – Olaf Tyaransen
- One to Watch – Jonathan Monahan
- Muzine ‘found myself lost’ Album Review
- Interview Spettakolo Magazin
- Rhythms Magazine Blue Mountains Folk Fest March 2018
- Blue mountains music festival Katoomba- Review
- Irish Echo on the National Folk Festival