“Beautiful songs, beautiful voice” Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster
“Such is the power of Ciara’s voice, and her stories, the music is required to be subtle and gentle. A beautiful and oddly sinister collection of songs” Rigsy, Daily Mirror NI/BBC Radio Ulster
Hailing from the darker edge of the folk spectrum, the tried and tested Singer Songwriter path has been given a breath of haunting melancholy with Ciara O’Neill’s debut album ‘The Ebony Trail’.
Displaying both strength and fragility in her stunning live performances, this collection of songs showcases Ciara’s ‘beautiful, haunting vocals’, ‘poetic songwriting’ and her ‘complex and subtle guitar playing’.
The legendary Tom Robinson from BBC 6 Music chose Ciara as one of his ‘Fresh Faves’ on his ‘Fresh on the net’ podcast and has played her songs numerous times on his popular 6music radio show in London.
Ciara has spent much of the last few years in Nashville TN. Here she has been writing songs, meeting with publishers and other industry professionals, as well as playing shows in legendary venues such as The Bluebird Cafe and Music City Roots.
Ciara has written and performed with world class songwriters and artists such as Gary Burr (Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes), Grammy winner Don Henry (Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert), Max T Barnes (Colin Raye, Randy Travis), Grammy nominated Drew Ramsey (John Legend, India Arie) and Irish musician Ryan McMullan recently on tour with Ed Sheeran, amongst many others.
In November 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Artist Career Enhancement award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to further enhance and support her music career.
In March 2016 she took part in a TV show alongside Grammy nominee’s Iain Archer and Jim Lauderdale. Entitled ‘Music City Roots, Belfast to Nashville’ it was broadcast in January 2017 into 60 million homes in the USA on the popular PBS network.
Ciara has just returned from her 6th trip to Nashville and continues to write and record her 2nd album.
Her debut album ‘The Ebony Trail’ is out now.