My first album went gold - one CD at a time (it's a long story) and I now have a couple more - all on iTunes and many other sites.
I love playing live though being in Ireland, it sometimes rains so I'm very happy to have found this site.
My strongpoint is my lyrics - no fancy guitar - just enough to carry the song - and I'm frequently described as 'QUIRKY'. Songs of life and love and lost love frequently with subtle humour.
Influences are numerous as I've been a music fan since I popped out of my mothers tummy but I'll name a few biggies:
Leonard Cohen, John Lee Hooker, John Prine, Guy Clarke and Donald Trump (kidding)
This is my rainy day project as I really do like to be out on the street,
Sean O'Neill Songs
About 18 months ago, I was busking in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. My regular busking four-legged friend was with me and, while it was a fairly quiet day, I could help noticing the two guys on the other side of the street - one with a fairly fancy looking video camera and the other doing sound.
They were stopping random people and briefly interviewing them and totally uninterested in my busking until ......
....after and hour or so the guy with the mic came over, put a few coins in my case and asked it it was OK to film us - a college project? No they were from the BBC Newsdesk and asking people if they would use their vote in the upcoming election*.
We made the evening news - the closed the story with a close up wide shot of my bored looking dog with me in the background singing Smartphone (though not enough to earn a royalty :( )
* in the previous election in Enniskillen, there was only ONE vote between the 2 candidates after several recount
About a year after I began to sing, I met a musician friend on his way to play a gig in a nice venue. I hadn't seen him for a while and told him about the direction my life had taken and he invited me to open for him. My stage experience was a few open mic nights where I'd plug in to the house PA.
This venue was set up for serious sound and I felt a little nervous and decided to jump in the deep end and open a cappella with a song I'd written using Ain't No Sunshine as a template to the same melody though with guitar, had it's own tune - Apathetic Blues.
I came out and opened with the first line but, never having come across stage moniters before, was startled by my own voice coming back at me so loud and stopped in mid verse, apologised and went on to do the song with it's own tune and guitar.
My favourite guitar is an Avalon Legacy* and was actually a legacy as, when she died, my mother left me her car - a tiny Nissan. It was the typical old lady's car - perfectly tidy with a low mileage and a scuff on every corner. As I had a car that was more suitable for travelling in with my pretty big dog on board, it wasn't going to be of much use to me and watching it rust away wouldn't have been something I would have liked but I was reluctant to let it go.
After a couple of weeks, I decided the best thing to do was find a nice buyer and use the money to buy the best guitar I could with the money.
I also like my Martin Cowboy IV - especially for busking as I don't have to stop mid song when it rains (the body is PLASTIC and the neck, laminated).
I miss the Hofner I lent to a friend's brother - it was stolen from his house about 10 years ago and hasn't been seen since.
I don't give them names but my dog is Clara.
*Someone's Shining Star is a song about the guitar an
“You made my heart sing.”
“Thanks for playing my song.”
“I bow to your Godliness.”