Gerry O’Neil, Celtic Musician
With a list of credits that include several top Scottish bands and professional recordings, Gerry O’Neil plays with a range of styles, reflecting his experience using his acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Originally hailing from Glasgow in Scotland, Gerry left his musical commitments behind, in search of more radical and interesting musical styles. In the mid 90’s, he packed a DAT recorder and a fistful of travelers cheques, and traveled through Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, India and New Zealand.
On the way, he encountered and recorded Hindu temple ceremonies, Indonesian Gamelan (bamboo) music, Tibetan monks chanting in Nepal, as well as traditional Aboriginal and Maori sounds, to name but a few.
“Gerry’s Scottish humour and lively banter always go down well with the crowds.”
Amongst many musical projects, he played bass on Anna Murray’s second album “Into Indigo” and has recorded with the recipient of the BBC’s ‘Young Folk Singer of the Year’ award, Emily Smith.
Gerry O’Neil playing live-to-air in the TVNZ studio’s in downtown Auckland, for the ‘Good Morning’ show on New Zealand’s TV1, aired on 15th March 2013 to kick off the weekend’s celebrations for St Patrick’s Day.
Below is a video of Gerry playing an Eric Bogle song called “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. It was broadcast live and nationwide on the Marcus Lush Breakfast Show on Radio Live, as part of the New Zealand commemorations for ANZAC day.
The original song is slower and longer, a bit more atmospheric….Gerry had a 3 and a half minute airtime ‘window’ to perform it live, so had to play his rendition fairly quickly!
Gerry O’Neil live in Aotea Square, Auckland New Zealand with The Grail and The Riverdance.
Live On TVNZ
Thank you Gerry for the beautiful music as I walked down the aisle. I almost cried before I even got to the altar! The music was exactly what I wanted on our special day.Heidi Christenson
Our wedding reception rocked!!….a perfect ending to our wonderful day…thank you!!Gayle Browning