“Great lyrics, very clever… he has a lovely voice” – Steve Lillywhite, Grammy Award-winning producer (U2, the Rolling Stones)
“I would dream of having a voice like that” – Owen Paul
Anthony O’Neill’s introduction was a true baptism of fire. After recording a Johnny Cash tribute EP with the Baby Snakes in 1991 – long before Cash regained his rightful standing under the auspices of Rick Rubin – he was invited to join Johnny onstage for a song during his UK tour.
Of course, at the time he didn’t realise just how big a deal that was, but he was emboldened by Johnny’s opening words to the band: “Ah’m so honoured you boys are doing my music”.
With that injection of neat country and western straight into the veins, it became an interest and a passion for him from that moment onwards.
Born in Scotland but now living in London, he has played and recorded with many artists over the years, live, in the studio and for sessions – but he is now striking out on his own.
Why Anthony O’Neill and the Murder? The collective noun for crows seemed to fit the bill as various musicians come and go. But with the option of live dates later in the year, he is now looking for musicians to join him for some gigs.
Anthony’s EP “All That’s Left To Rust” contains five tracks, all recorded during the latter part of 2023. Although Anthony played the majority of instruments on the recording, he augmented the recordings with a few other musicians including guitar virtuoso Nick Clifford, multi-talented violinist Liz Menezes, and expert keyboard player Ruslan Gatash.
He is already working on a new set of tracks, with a view to having an album out by the end of the year.