Neil Ó Briain
Passage West, County Cork
Seinneann Neil Ó Briain giotár fuaimiúil. Bíonn píosaí suimiúla á chruthú aige, píosaí a bhfuil dord, comhcheol agus fonn istigh iontu in éineacht, ar aon ghiotár amháin. Is réimse leathan atá ina chuid ceoil, ó cheol traidisiúnta go gceol comhaimseartha an ghiotáir. Is iomaí duine a bhfuil tionchar acu ar a stílse - Tommy Emmanuel, Tony McManus agus Andy McKee ina measc.
Tá taithí aige ó thaobh gigeanna a dhéanamh mar aonréadaí agus mar bhall de ghrúpa ceoil. Chomh maith le gigeanna in Éirinn, sheinneadh sé i gcaifí agus i dtithe tábhairne go rialta agus é ina chónaí i Kagoshima, an tSeapáin (2010-13). Agus é bheith ann, chuir sé lena stór amhrán agus theastaigh uaidh stíl éagsúil a chleachtadh. Is fearrde dá ghigeanna dá bharr.
Tá a chéad albam, Immram, ar fáil anois ar a shuíomh idirlín. Is féidir é a fháil ar dhlúthdhiosca nó é a íoslódáil.
Neil Ó Briain is a solo acoustic guitarist. He plays melodically interesting pieces, complete with bass and rhythm backing all at the one time, all on the one guitar! His music ranges from traditional Irish to contemporary finger-style and reflects a large number of influences. In terms of solo acoustic guitar, he is particularly influenced by Tommy Emmanuel, Tony McManus, and Andy McKee, though there are many more who have had a significant effect on his playing.
He has gigged in various countries, both as part of groups and as a solo performer. As well as playing in Ireland, he played regular gigs at local cafés and bars in Kagoshima City, Japan, where he lived from 2010-2013. During this time he focussed on developing a wide repertoire of solo pieces, which is reflected in the different styles touched upon during his performances.
His debut album Immram was released in late 2014 and is available on CD and digital download from his website.
“[Immram] achieves tones that, on tracks like Buachaill Bó, An tÁdh, the propulsive Ceann Eile and the nimble pickings of Bacolod, are at once reflective and inquisitive.” - Don O'Mahony, Evening Echo.