Neil Ó Briain
Neil Ó Briain is fast gaining a reputation as an excellent composer and arranger for the acoustic guitar. Hailing from Cork, Ireland, he weaves melody, bass and harmony together at ease and provides compelling performances. His music ranges from traditional Irish to contemporary fingerstyle, taking inspiration from artists such as Tony McManus, Steve Cooney, Tommy Emmanuel and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Neil began his solo career playing the cafés and bars of Kagoshima, Japan, where he lived for several years. Upon returning home, he released his debut album Immram and began gigging around Cork and further afield. Recent performances include appearances at the Belfast Guitar Festival and Ards International Guitar Festival.
He has appeared on Irish television and radio, causing Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Hothouse Flowers) to remark on TG4 that he was 'jealous of how Neil can play the guitar'. He is currently working on material for his second album to be released in 2019.