I’ve been a fan of Megan O’Neill for a few years now. I first saw her at Saint Pancras Old Church and then 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 played a cracking set here at the Rectory in June 2018. and I’m very pleased to have been able to persuade Megan to play on Friday 14 February 2020. I’ve no doubt this will be a very special evening indeed – especially for those of you who are lovers on this Valentine’s night!
‘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 ‘Ghost Of You’ which was released in January 2018. Megan released two singles at the end of 2019 Rootless on 1 November and Winter Sun on 13 December.
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 spends her time between her native Ireland and London. .
Megan has just finished working on her fourth studio record, set for public release in 2020. This much anticipated album follows her last release, ‘Ghost of You’ (June 2018) which hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts in the UK and Ireland.
To date Megan has toured the UK, Ireland, US and Germany. She has performed at private Oscars’ parties in LA alongside Gavin James (on personal invite from JJ Abrams) and has had her song ‘Don’t You’ featured on ABC’s hit TV Show ‘Nashville’ (Season 3). In 2019 Megan opened three stadium shows for the legendary Sir Tom Jones (Bristol, Taunton and Colchester) – performing in front of 15,000 people per night.
Prior to her album ‘Ghost of You’; Megan released two EP’s: ‘Coming Home’ (2015) – produced by Philip Magee (The Script, Kodaline) and ‘Stories to Tell’ (2017) – produced by Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler). She also released a single under Decca Records in collaboration with Ben Earle (The Shires) – ‘Can’t Put a Price on That’ (2016).
Megan is an integral artist in the currently booming UK Country Music Scene, being termed “one of the rising stars” by uDiscover (2018). In 2018, she performed at every UK Country Music Festival including Country-2-Country (at the 02, London), Black Deer Festival, The Long Road Festival and Nashville Meets London’s series of events. She has been twice chosen as one of Timeout Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars in Country Music’.
2019 sees Megan taking the main stage at the British Country Music Festival, touring with Sir Tom Jones across the UK, releasing 2 brand new singles of her own (October / December) and performing as the lead female in a very exciting new project with Universal Music – yet to be announced.
Live radio appearances and performances include BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London with Gaby Roslin, 2fm, BBC Essex, Today FM with Ian Dempsey, BBC Radio Wales, Marie Crichton’s Country Show on BBC, Nevis Radio, Amazing Radio, Chris Country and many, many more.
“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
“Irish born singer-songwriter Megan O’Neill, an integral artist in the currently booming UK Country Music Scene. “one of the rising stars”
About House Gigs
A House Gig provides a unique experience for both artists and audience in an intimate setting and is quite unlike any other gig you will attend. That’s why artists are always asking to come back! Some of my most favourite gigs have taken place in my lounge!
A House Gig is a private invitation only to the Rectory from Paula and myself. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be considered for a place and I’ll get back to you to confirm your attendance. Maximum two tickets per person – spaces are limited! I usually receive more applicants than places but I do set up a reserve list.
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 the amazing price of £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 (!?) affair and, whilst we provide seating for most people, some of you will be required to sit on the floor – we’ll provide a comfy cushion for you (we have plenty of these) – so you might want to dress accordingly! Just so you know, we always encourage folk to swap around for the second set!
Please remember a House Gig is a listening event rather than a talking event. Read Shhh … there’s a band playing!