STOP PRESS Really great news that Megan’s album ‘Ghost Of You’ released on Friday 8 June went straight to #1 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. Perfect timing for her gig in Billericay!
I first saw Megan O’Neill a few years ago at Saint Pancras Old Church and again at Little Rabbit Barn. I was hugely impressed both times and I have enjoyed her music as a soloist, and with her band Megan & the Common Threads, ever since.
Megan is certainly making her mark on the UK Americana / Country music scene and I’m very pleased to have been able to persuade her to play a ‘House Gig’ here at the Rectory on Wednesday 13 June 2018. I’ve no doubt this will be a very special evening indeed.
‘Coming Home’ and ‘I Wish I Could Love You More’ are two of my faves! ‘Why I Need You’ released in late 2017 is worth checking out as is Megan’s latest single ‘Ghost Of You’ which was released on 19 January 2018 (see below).
I attended the launch of Megan’s new album ‘Ghost Of You’ at 226 Portland Street on 26 April and I can guarantee this album is well worth looking out for (I was given a copy on the night). It is due for release on 8 June.
Update, 22 May: This gig is now sold out. You can place your name on the reserve list if you would like to be contacted should anyone not be able to make it on the night.
About House Gigs
A House Gig is a private invitation only gig. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be considered for a spot on the floor and I’ll get back to you to confirm your attendance. I usually receive more applicants than places, so I can’t guarantee you a place, though I do set up a reserve list. Maximum two tickets per person – spaces are limited!
Doors will open at 7.00 pm (or 6.45 pm if you’re so excited you can’t wait or you simply want more drinking time!) and Megan will play two sets from 7.30 pm (ish!). We’ll provide some hot food during the interval (with a veggie option) all for £15 (payable in advance, please – I’ll give you details about how to pay when your invitation is confirmed). There will also be a reasonably priced honesty bar available!
A House Gig is a cosy (!?) event and, whilst we provide some seating, some of you will be required to sit on a cushion on the floor – we have plenty of these – so you might want to dress accordingly! Of course, we always encourage folk to swap around for the second set!
Irish-born singer/songwriter Megan O’Neill is one of the most exciting Americana artists on the UK – Irish scene. A long-time musician and songwriter, Megan has previously lived in Nashville but now resides full-time in London.
She released her debut EP ‘Coming Home’ in May 2015, reaching #1 in Irish country charts & was awarded ‘UK EP of the Year’ (W21Music). In February 2017, Megan released a second record with her band ‘The Common Threads’ titled ‘Stories to Tell’ which was recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios with the legendary Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Roxy Music, Mark Knopfler) producing.
Megan has had her song ‘Don’t You’ featured on hit ABC TV Show Nashville, has played three slots at the O2 Arena London for C2C festival, alongside multiple appearances at the prestigious Bluebird Café in Nashville, Harvest Festival and Nashville Meets London Festival. She has also been twice chosen as one of Time Out London’s Rising Stars (2016 and 2017).
2017 has seen Megan selected as one of the top 8 Americana songwriter’s in the UK, a performance at the Americana Music Awards in London and touring Ireland, America and the UK, sharing stages with such artists as Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Nathan Carter, Donna Taggart and Victoria Shaw. She also spent 2017 writing and recording her debut solo album. The first single (‘Why I Need You’) was released in October 2017 and the video hit over 60,000 views in less than one month. The full album is set for release in 2018.
“Seriously fresh mix of modern country and pop, with a fusion of distinctly Irish elements”
Timeout Magazine London
“Stirring country pop … a knack for melody and songwriting”
“Complex … with an old school country voice”
The Irish Independent
“The Irish Carrie Underwood”
The Irish Times