Susan O’Neill Announces New EP, Shares First Song & Video ‘Now You See It’
Multi-instrumentalist and award-winning Co. Clare songwriter Susan O’Neill has announced a new EP ‘Now You See It’ to be released September 14th, and today releases the title track as the first single from the 6 track offering.
Recorded between Los Angeles, Maine, Clare, and Wexford, during the spring of this year, the EP sees Susan working again with Tony Buchen – producer of ‘In The Game’, the 2021 collaboration record with Mick Flannery, Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive), and her fellow bandmates, brothers Cillian Byrne and Lorcan Byrne.
‘Now You See It’, a startlingly beautiful track showcasing Susan’s inimitable vocals, was written whilst on the road with Mick Flannery in the US last year. Joining forces again with West Cork director Christopher Luke, who has made a heartwarming video to accompany the song.
On both song and video Susan said:
“Even if we lived to be 150 years old it would still just be a micro blip in the ripple of space. This song is looking from an in-between state of consciousness, neither dead nor alive anymore but someone that has lived, a mind looking at the world for what it is (and was) while on earth in the 21st century. It is fleeting and in constant decay which is part of the beauty. We endeavored to show a bit of that transitory nature in this video put together by Chris Luke. Hope you enjoy it.”
Currently on tour in North America, Susan is performing across multiple festival stages, as well as playing a handful of headline shows. Susan has just been announced as guest to James Vincent McMorrow on his Los Angeles show tonight, and today also announced as guest to Valerie June’s UK headline shows later next month. Susan will make her solo NPR debut at Mountain Stage in Charleston, West Virginia, on August 21st.
‘In The Game’ saw Susan get a nomination for the Choice Music Prize and the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards’ Album of the Year, Female Folk Artist of the Year, and take home the Best Original Folk Track award for the collaborative song ‘Chain Reaction’. Susan was also shortlisted for the ‘Vanda and Young’ Award for her song ‘These are the Days’. The collaboration album ended up being the biggest selling Irish independent record for 2021.
In support of the new EP Susan has today also announced her biggest Irish Headline tour to date, full details below.
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:
July 27 – The Troubadour, Los Angeles, US*
July 31-Aug1 – Canmore Folk Festival, Canada
Aug 5-7 – Edmonton Folk Festival, Canada
Aug 11 – Club Passim, Boston, US
Aug 12 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, US
Aug 19-20 – Philadelphia Folk Festival, US
Aug 21 – NPR Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV, US
Aug 23 – The Blues Kitchen, Manchester, UK**
Aug 24 – Thelka, Bristol, UK**
Aug 27-28 – Tønder Festival, Denmark +
Sept 11 – Clonakilty Guitar Festival, West Cork
Sept 15 – Cleere’s, Kilkenny
Sept 16 – Duncairn, Belfast
Sept 17 – Vantastival, Drogheda
Sep 30 – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Oct 1 – The Milk Market, Limerick +
Oct 6 – Whelan’s, Dublin
Oct 7 – INEC, Killarney
Oct 8 – Glór, Ennis
Oct 13 – Coughlan’s, Cork
Oct 14 – Róisín Dubh, Galway
Oct 27th – Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford
* w/ James Vincent McMorrow
** w/ Valerie June
+ Singing songs from ‘In The Game’ w/ Mick Flannery
Photo: Myriam Riand