The Susan O’Neill concert has been cancelled.
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Riverside Theatres presents
All the way from County Clare, Ireland, the prodigiously gifted Susan O’Neill’s soulful and husky-voiced performances are truly something to behold steeping in the sounds of traditional Irish music. With a striking attitude, guitar, harmonica, trumpet and a loop pedal, Susan delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old soul with a new edge.
Enjoy this exclusive concert from a powerhouse of the Irish music world.
Please note: Eleanor McEvoy is no longer performing
Susan O’Neill – SON (Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2019)
Each year, there’s that performer at the festival that few recognise but then become the sleeper hit. You either attended – or didn’t and will rue the decision for the rest of the festival. SON, an electrifying new talent from Ireland, is this year’s contender. SON is the stage name of Susan O’ Neill, a woman who argues, through her song, for a transnational melding of musical styles. On the basis of her first album, Hotpress called her a musical prodigy and Bono is a fan.
Growing up in County Clare, where she says, “there was always a song in the air”, Susan started her roving musical education in Ennis brass bands exploring both classical and more modern brass sounds. At 16, she became one of the youngest members of a gospel choir and “It was here that I began to really feel my heart soar with the power of community sharing vocal sounds”. Throughout all of this, she was steeping in the sounds of traditional Irish music. She started to develop her own music hybridity, while playing and singing with an array of Irish bands and musicians from the Irish music community most notably, vocalising over the electronic sounds of King Kong Company and touring Ireland, UK and Australia with Irish superstar Sharon Shannon.
When she tours as SON, Susan performs on a guitar, harmonica and trumpet and uses a loop pedal along to compliment her husky resonant voice. She released her debut album ‘ found myself lost ‘ in 2018 and toured it internationally. Her ‘perfect, smoked – out monster of a voice. awed audiences from the Glastonbury Festival to New Zealands WOMAD: as it will audiences hear.
Stu Hunter (pianist)
Multi award winning Australian composer, producer and pianist Stu Hunter is a genre defying musician who has worked with a huge cross section of the music community and has appeared on over 120 music releases worldwide. His music is described as “intensely emotional and humanely intelligent” which often engenders a highly visual response in the listener.
Stu’s latest recording and suite The Migration premiered live at the 2016 Sydney Festival featuring 10 of Australia’s finest creative musicians, it has since toured nationally and internationally. A soul-searching response to life, love and cultural complexity, The Migration is the third in a series of critically acclaimed suites by Hunter. Driving grooves and lush sonic landscapes form powerful scaffolds on which are draped rich harmonic complexity and deep emotive melodies.
The Migration recently won 2 Australian Jazz Bell awards including “Best Australian Jazz Song” for Eagle Fish and was nominated for an ARIA award in 2016 for best Jazz Album.
“Stu Hunter is such a dark horse he makes Black Beauty look grey.” – The Sydney Morning Herald
“A true original” – Radio National