Belfast, County Antrim
Sister Ghost, winners of 'Best Live Act' at this years NI Music Awards, is the project of Shannon Delores O'Neill, who has a background playing in bands from the age of 12. In early 2014, she saw an opportunity to do things her way for the first time. She began writing and demoing before enlisting a band to bring Sister Ghost to completion.
Playing noisy, spectral art-rock with a pop heart, O’Neill marshals a diverse set of influences in a singular way – from Seattle legends The Gits and her guitar hero, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, to Kate Bush and L7.
She has been recognised for mentoring and encouraging other female-identified musicians to perform in the Northern Irish scene, having also set up the Girls Rock! NI chapter in 2016. Sister Ghost has garnered high profile support slots with Shellac, Pussy Riot and Le Butcherettes as well as airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and a Next Wave Artist slot on BBC Radio 1.
As of Spring 2019, O’Neill has teamed up with producer Cahir O’Doherty (Frank Turner, Fighting With Wire, New Pagans) to work on the debut Sister Ghost album, set for release in 2020. Equal parts emphatic and earworming, Sister Ghost’s new material is her most vital to date.
Sister Ghost has had press in The Guardian newspaper, Hot Press, Clash, Lola Magazine (Berlin), Irish News, The Thin Air and many others.
"An independent force; a defiant artist" CLASH Magazine
"Absolutely massive!" Jack Saunders / BBC Radio 1
"Brilliant music; beautifully made" Tom Robinson / BBC 6 Music
“One of the most gifted songwriters to come out of the North in a long, long time”
Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster
"Fronted by the electrifying Shannon Delores O’Neill, their fiery brand of punk rock is a magnetic one." Chordblossom