Gerry O’Neil

Live music for all occasions.
Solo, Duo or full band performances.
Event organisation and entertainment.

We hired The Celtic Connection for a family birthday celebration and cannot recommend them highly enough. Fantastic sounds to entertain our guests. Professional, prompt and easy to deal with. Our two year old son and our 86 year old grandmother was dancing away. This music was a hit with everyone! Many thanks.

Alan Froggatt

We were blown away with your performance and our guests were too. You are all a talented bunch and were really pleasant and easy with organising the logistics etc. Thank you so much for everything.

Cat & Jamie

Gerry and Sean came to our house and played for my 60th birthday. They are very easy and professional to deal with. They played a number of quieter ballads to begin with and after an hour had everyone on their feet dancing making for a great party. Their music was enjoyed by all and we would have them back anytime.

Paul Borich

The Grail were darlings! Great and easy to deal with and such wonderful musicians! The crowd loved them and we will definitely try and have them back if we can.

Rugby World Cup Events Team
The Cloud Fanzone RWC 2011

International Hobbit Day 2019 was a huge success! A huge thanks again to yourself, Marika and Chabb, you guys absolutely rocked that Marquee. Thanks again Gerry!

Ellis Paterson
Function & Event Coordinator - Hobbiton™ Movie Set

The Celtic Connection played at our housewarming last night. They were fantastic, interactive and versatile. Although the rain was pouring down , they helped make a great night. Highly recommended for anyone’s function.

Naomi Singer

I can’t thank you enough for all the help you gave us with the day. Writing this and thinking back you took so much stress out of the day for me and I’m very grateful for that. Thanks again!

Emma

Thank you so much for travelling all the way to the beautiful Hokianga. You guys made our Wedding the liveliest and happiest of days. Such a tight band of fantastic musicians. Thanks again, we hope to pop down to Father Ted’s some evening.

Aileen and Paul
Gerry O'Neil Live on TVNZ1

Welcome to Gerry O'Neil

Originally hailing from Glasgow in Scotland, my love of music started at an early age when I formed a band ‘Gazelle’ at the age of 15 with my school mates. We stuck together for 10 years, signed a couple of record deals and released 2 albums.

My love of Celtic and traditional music started when I joined a folk band in his 20's, playing at weddings and functions around Scotland.

I'm well travelled and have played music professionally for 20 years. Playing solo, as part of ‘The Celtic Connection’ duo, or with my acclaimed band ‘The Grail’, I have played in Spain, Australia, Canada, America as well as touring the circuits around Thailand and all over Europe.

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About Gerry

“I never really ‘got’ Celtic music before my 20's. It was dodgy accordion players on the radio and it definitely felt like old peoples music. I didn’t connect. I was asked to join the folk band ‘Albanatchie’, mainly because none of them could drive, I had a licence, and they were getting bigger gigs out of town. It really opened my eyes to traditional music. We had a fiddle player whose party piece was to play the fiddle and the didgeridoo at the same time. We had a great percussionist, and I just played grooves on the bass. That was when I first thought of Celtic music as being really cool.”

Gerry O'Neil Live on TVNZ1

St Patrick’s day - The Galway Girl Performed live to air nationwide on TV1 at TVNZ studios, Auckland

Gerry has sung live-to-air on TV1 in New Zealand, Radio Live and 95bfm, and also  organises the live music for all the functions and events at the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set.

Gerry has played for the the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Thai royal family and many other dignitaries, and at all manner of functions and events.

Singing and playing guitar with a range of styles that reflect his experience, his Scottish humour always goes down well with the audience, and his sincerity when delivering a lyric has won him many admirers.

“I’m very fortunate to have found traditional music, and it’s a great honour to be representing my old culture in my new country, and making a living doing it. It’s something I don’t take lightly. When I sing, I’m not just singing for those in the room, but for all those gone before too, and to let the next generations hear the old songs, to pass on the tradition. I’m like a link in the chain, carrying the culture forward… it’s so important to keep traditional cultures alive, wherever you’re from.”

Live on “Late Night Big Breakfast” TV1

Gerry O'Neil Live on TVNZ1

Performing at The Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Interview for NZ Herald online

Gerry O'Neil Interview NZ Herald

Performing live with The Riverdance stageshow

Riverdance Stageshow

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Live music for all occasions.
Solo, duo or full band performances.
Event organisation and entertainment.