Sister Ghost, (winners of Best Live Act at the 2019 NI Music Awards) is the project of Shannon Delores O'Neill; having had a background playing in bands from the age of 12. In 2014, she saw an opportunity to do things her way for the first time. She began writing and demoing – recording everything herself – before enlisting friends 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 set up the Girls Rock! NI chapter in 2016.
Sister Ghost has garnered support slots with Shellac, Petrol Girls, Fontaines DC, Pussy Riot and Le Butcherettes as well as airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. As of 2019, O’Neill has teamed up with producer Cahir O’Doherty (Frank Turner, 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 O'Neills most vital to date.
"Absolutely massive!" Jack Saunders // BBC Radio 1
"An independent force; a defiant artist" CLASH Magazine
"Brilliant music, beautifully made" Tom Robinson // BBC Radio 6 Music
"One of the most gifted songwriters to come out of the North in a long, long time." Stephen McCauley // BBC Radio Ulster
Liz Phair, L7, Veruca Salt, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, The Breeders, Pixies, Stone Temple Pilots, Sonic Youth, The Smiths, The Melvins, The Gits, Team Dresch, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam etc