Whether she's accompanied by her band or performing solo, spinning yarns between songs while she holds her guitar or banjo, Lisa O'Neill is darkly compelling. She breathes new life into traditional Irish folk standards and is writing new songs that will no doubt be passed on to future generations. She celebrates the underdogs, the fighters and the lovers: Violet Gibson (the upscale Irishwoman who attempted to assassinate Mussolini in April 1926), Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (union activist and co-founder of Industrial Workers of the World), and the countless labourers returning jobless to their hungry children, displaced by machinery and the ageless greed for profit. O'Neill makes space for the strugglers to be heard, for their stories to be shared and remembered. Like Mother Jones, O'Neill has no choice but to shine a light in the darkness, to pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
Biography by Chantal Vitalis