“Brigid O’Neill is great songwriter with a voice that can break your heart at 30 paces” – Ralph McLean – BBC Radio Ulster
Brigid O’Neill’s hotly anticipated debut album ‘Touchstone’ will launch next week on Thursday 14 September at The Black Box in Belfast, kick starting an extensive album tour. The County Down Singer/ Songwriter, who recently performed at the iconic Bluebird Café in Nashville whilst travelling on a prestigious Arts Council NI award scheme, has already received critical acclaim from key press in Northern Ireland.
Caroline Fleck from Downtown Radio said ” take a little bit of Mary Black and Cara Dillion and throw in some Emmylou Harris with Alison Krauss and you pretty mush get Brigid O’Neill. Touchstone delivers on so many levels from the angelic vocals on the opening track to sassy soul/ blues topped off with a nod to Roots” and U105’s Ivan Martin acclaims “Brigid’s phrasing reminds me of the way Leonard Cohen used to deliver a song with that style which made you take particular notice of the lyrics. She just shares a talent he had for phrasing a song in a way that most can only dream of.”
Touchstone was masterfully produced in Belfast by another accomplished local artist Gareth Dunlop and mastered in Nashville, Tennessee. The exciting album launch at Black Box next Thursday will showcase Brigid’s captivating vocals, arrangements and emotive songs which will be complemented by her band, made up of virtuosos including Anthony Toner, Johnny McCullough, Conor McCreanor and Matt Weir with special guests.
Since the launch of her EP Arrivals and Departures last year, Brigid has been developing her material and Touchtone features co-written tracks with Gareth Dunlop and Thomm Jutz (Nancy Griffith’s guitarist). Brigid says her beautifully crafted, mature lyrics “are sometimes part-autobiographical but are also a reflection of other people’s lives and the elements that shape them.”
Brigid’s eclectic range of vocals and variety of musical influences have already wowed audiences across Europe, and she has played support to Eddi Reader, Frances Black and Sharon Shannon, to name but a few. She blends great country blues with folk, jazz and bluegrass and sings her emotive compositions with conviction and sincerity. The ‘Touchstone’ album tour will undoubtedly touch the hearts of those who attend her concerts and win Brigid a legion of new fans.
Brigid will launch her new ‘Touchstone’ album on:
Thursday, 14 September – The Black Box, Belfast
Saturday 30 September – Hill of The O’Neill, Ranfurly House, Dungannon
Friday, 13 October – An Culturalnn, Derry
Friday, 20 October – Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
Friday, 10 November – Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
Wednesday, 15 November – The Grand Social, Dublin
Tickets and information available at http://www.brigidoneill.com